Isaac Julien and Tilda Swinton at Derek Jarman’s grave, Old Romney, Kent, 2008, during the making of Derek (2008). Photo: by Nina Kellgren. Courtesy Isaac Julien

MoMA Presents: Isaac Julien’s Derek

MoMA June 9–16, 2008

British filmmaker and media artist Isaac Julien collaborated with the award-winning actress Tilda Swinton to create this collage-like biography of the late Derek Jarman, a maverick film artist whose short films were among the first to be shown in London art galleries. Jarman’s wholly original feature films (often starring Swinton) reimagined narrative while helping to establish a canon for Queer Cinema. Using rare interviews with the artist, archival films and photographs, excerpts from Jarman’s films (many of which are rarely seen), and new footage scripted by Swinton, Julien provides a spirited view into the mind of an ever-surprising and adventurous artist.

Organized by Rajendra Roy, The Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film, and Laurence Kardish, Senior Curator, Department of Film.


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