Screening, Artist's Choice

  • Derek Jarman, The Garden, film still courtesy of the BFI

ARTIST’S CHOICE | THE GARDEN | INTRODUCED BY SIMON BAYLISS

The Garden offers an intimate insight into the inner world of the iconic film-maker, author, poet and artist Derek Jarman. The backdrop for the film is the garden Jarman created on the windswept Kent coast in the shadow of the Dungeness power station.

Interweaving narratives play out, almost wordlessly, to create what Jarman described as a dream allegory. The story of two lovers and the homophobic violence they encounter sits alongside episodes loosely derived from the Passion of Christ, set in a contemporary world of paparazzi, celebrity culture and intolerance.

This film was selected by Simon Bayliss, who introduced the screening. Simon is an artist and music producer based in St Ives. He works in slipware ceramics, video, poetry, watercolour painting and performance. You can read his introduction here.