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Six Film Scripts

Derek Jarman

Publication Year: 2011

From the early seventies until his death in 1994, Derek Jarman made scores of films. Assembled here are six of his unforgettable film scripts: Akenaten, Jubilee, Bob-Up-A-Down, B Movie: Little England/A Time of Hope, Neutron, and Sod ’Em, five of which have yet to reach the screen and all of which confirm Jarman’s reputation as Britain’s leading independent filmmaker.

Published by: University of Minnesota Press


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p. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. 2-5


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pp. 6-7

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pp. vii-xiv

Jubilee contains the major unrealized film scripts Derek Jarman wrote between 1976 and 1987, as well as the script of Jubilee, which was made in 1978 but, unlike his other dialogue films, has never before been published. The failure of these brilliant scripts to reach the screen was due not only to Jarman's reputation for making provocative films but also to the economic ...

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pp. 1-40

Why did I develop a passion for Ancient Egypt? Some desktop Howard Carter cursed with curiosity, a dream of immortality, the Mummy's Curse. ...

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pp. 41-77

I've put in the script for Jubilee to show one film in this book which was finished as a reference. Very little changed from the script as you have it here, just a couple of details. Adam, 'Kid', was murdered in a photo booth in a tube station - this proved impossible - I cut down the end as it went on too long, though there was one piece I liked, Jordan, 'Amyl', ...

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pp. 79-113

... At the risk of giving you a reading list, before I abandoned the 'sources' for something of my own, I took up with Hildegarde of Bingen, Marjorie Kempe, Richard Rolle and sailed into the cloudy unknown. I spent the whole of the seventies reading. It was a marvellous adventure. I had so little work, and time on my hands - now I'm a dipper again, a jug-jug bird. ...

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B Movie: Little England/A Time of Hope

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pp. 115-144

B Movie was a chance to snap out of the worthy Bob-Up-A-Down. Julian Sands, the handsome young actor, was writing a play on John Donne, and was undecided which way his life would take him - writer, film-maker, director. He had appeared briefly in the Broken English video, but ...

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pp. 145-182

Lee Drysdale brought a darker cinematic side to this collaboration, a Jungian Yin and Yang. He was dead good on the drugs and violence, sort of in love with the Krays. Lee had more cinematic knowledge than anyone except Terence Davies. The Revelation of St John a good basis for this paper chase of horror casting. Bowie, Steven Berkoff, who I was ...

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Sod 'Em

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pp. 183-225

In Florence to direct Busotti's L'Ispiratzione at the Teatro Comunale. I was overwhelmed by isolation. Florence as dead as a dodo, bleak, granitic, like being locked in the Nat West forever. I wrote this fast and furiously using a copy of Marlowe I found in a shop. It didn't take me more than two ...

E-ISBN-13: 9780816677177
E-ISBN-10: 0816677174
Print-ISBN-13: 9780816675876

Page Count: 240
Publication Year: 2011