100 Heroes: Derek Jarman

The gay man who became an iconic queer film-maker.

100 Heroes: Derek Jarman

Derek Jarman was renowned as a gay rights activist. His best-known films include Sebastiane, Caravaggio, and Edward II.

He died in 1994.

Jarman was creatively, politically and personally motivated, and he pursued his interests with enormous energy and individual vision.

His films were works of art but also engaging pieces of cinema in their own right.

A fiercely queer filmmaker, Jarman's films challenged what was possible in terms of queer representation on screen. He was radical and his films challenged audiences but he also achieved mainstream recognition.

Images from Jarman's film, Caravaggio

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