- The Garden (film)
"The Garden" is a 1990 British arthouse film by director
Derek Jarmanproduced by James Mackay for Basilisk Communications in association with Channel 4, British Screen and ZDF. It focuses on homosexualityand Christianityset against a backdrop of Jarman's bleak coastal home of Dungenessin Kent, and his garden and the nearby landscape surrounding a nuclear power station, a setting Jarman compares to the Garden of Eden.
Lacking almost any dialogue the film is shown as Jarman's own subjective musings, which are tempered by the reality of his own mortality—when
HIV-positive Jarman made the film he was facing death from AIDS.
The film follows a seemingly innocent and in love
gaycouple whose idealistic existence is interrupted when they are arrested, severely humiliated, tortured and killed. In between this are nonlinear images of religious iconography—a Madonna (played by Tilda Swinton) who is overexposed and harassed by paparazziin balaclavas; a Jesuswho painfully watches the world pass him by; a Judaswho is hung and used as a tool to advertise credit cards; and water dropping from an image of Christon the crucifix. It also focuses on what it means to be gay in the 20th century, highlighting Section 28, of which Jarman was from the start a noted opponent. The film is augmented with unusually tinted shots of beaches and bizarre changes between haunting classical, Cyprianand other types of music and sound. The film has a soudtrack by Simon Fisher-Turnerand production design by Derek Brown.
"The Garden" stars
Tilda Swinton, Johnny Mills, Philip MacDonald, Roger Cook, Spencer Leigh, Kevin Collins, Jodie Graberand Jarman himself.
* [http://www.timeout.com/film/70035.html "Time Out" review of "The Garden"]
* [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9D0CE1D6173EF934A25752C0A967958260 "New York Times" review of "The Garden"]
*imdb title|id=0099634|title=The Garden
name = The Garden
producer = James Mackay
writer = Derek Jarman
narrator = Michael Gough
Tilda Swinton Spencer Leigh Spring - Mark Adley
Simon Fisher Turner COIL Miranda Sex Garden
cinematography = Derek Jarman, Christopher Hughes, Richard Heslop
editing = Derek Jarman, Peter Cartwright, Kevin Collins
distributor = Basilisk Communications
released = 1990
runtime = 95 min.
country = flagcountry|United Kingdom
language = English
budget = GBP£380,000
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