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Isaac Julien
UK 2008 / 76’

Derek is a glorious, yet fitting, remembrance of one of independent film's greatest treasures, Derek Jarman. It is lovingly crafted by filmmaker and friend Isaac Julian, who assembles a moving collage of rare home movies, film clips, and interviews, and a cinematic love letter from actress Tilda Swinton. From Sebastiane (1976) to Blue (1992), Jarman was the single most crucial figure in British independent cinema through the seventies, eighties, and nineties. He lived as a gay man surfing the joys of gay liberation and the sorrows of AIDS. He lived as a painter and participant observer, noting with pen or camera all that passed before him. In Derek, Julian finds the perfect aesthetic tone, letting you see into the magic of a great creative mind, and leaving you longing for a world with him still in it. Historians can tell us what happened, but it takes another artist to show us what it felt like to be there.

FF Sundance 2008


Isaac Julien was born in London, where he currently lives and works. After graduating from St. Martin's School of Art, Julien founded Sankofa Film and Video Collective (1983-1992), and in 1991 was a founding member of Normal Films. Julien was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2001 for his films The Long Road to Mazatlán (1999) and Vagabondia (2000). In 1991, he directed the feature film Young Soul Rebels, which won the Prix SACD at the Cannes International Film Festival.


1983 Who Killed Colin Roach? (kr.m. / short)

1984 Teritories (kr.m., dok. / short, doc.)

1987 This Is Not An Aids Advertisement (kr.m. / short)

1988 Isaac Julien and Jimmy Somerville (kr.m. / short)

1991 Young Soul Rebels

1995 Williams On Limbaugh

2000 Vagabondia

2007 Derek (dok. / doc.)

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