Fri 28 February: Jarman’s EDWARD II

Dir. Derek Jarman, UK 1991  |  90 minutes, DVD  |  Certificate 15

A celebration of the 450th anniversary of the playwright Christopher Marlowe’s birth, with Derek Jarman’s magical film adaptation of Edward II – inside St Nicholas’ Church, where Marlowe lies buried in an unmarked grave.

Before the film starts, there’s radical 16th century pop from Deptford violinist Daniel Merrill, plus plenty wine and spirits. And we’re be joined by Jody Graber (who played King Edward’s son) and K Collins (Jarman’s partner, and Lightborn the jailer), who will end the evening with a short Q&A.

Based on Marlowe’s dramatisation of a true story. When King Edward II takes a male lover, Piers Gaveston, both his wife (Tilda Swinton) and palace officials are enraged – and plot to violently dethrone the king and dispatch Gaveston. Adapted by the radical British filmmaker Derek Jarman, the film contrasts the lavish 16th century text and setting with modern imagery of gay activists, riot police, yuppies and an unforgettable cameo from Annie Lennox.

  • “Marlowe meets MTV.” Washington Post
  • “A mesmerizing film that bristles with fury, sexuality and radical wit.” Rolling Stone
  • “A majestic blend of visual audacity, political relevance and raw sexual energy, which wrests from the original work a lean, pulsating narrative of power, repression and jealousy.” Movie Mail
  • “This modern dress adaptation of Marlowe’s play excites through its sheer guts and combativeness. Despite the visual lyricism, the mood is raw and angry.” Time Out

Part of Marlowe 450, and Jarman 2014, a year-long celebration of the life and work of artist, filmmaker & queer activist Derek Jarman (1942–1994).

When: 8pm-10pm Friday 28 February 2014
Where: St Nicholas Church, Deptford Green, Deptford SE8 3DQ
Tickets: £7 online / £10 on the door

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Pasolini’s Gospel According to Matthew at St Nicholas’ Church, 2012