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The BFI has announced Queer Pagan Punk: Derek Jarman, a major two month film retrospective at BFI Southbank in February/March 2014. This will be the largest retrospective of Jarman’s films ever mounted in the UK, celebrating the prolific, iconoclastic and hugely influential film-maker and marking the 20th anniversary of his death. The season is programmed by William Fowler, curator, Artists’ Moving Image, BFI National Archive and will feature many rare films and special guests and introductions alongside new digital restorations of two key films: Sebastiane (1976) and Caravaggio (1986). Toyah Willcox, John Maybury, Jenny Runacre, Dexter Fletcher, Isaac Julien, Tariq Ali, James Mackay, Keith Collins and Don Boyd and are among the invited guest speakers. The climax of the season will be a one-off screening of Jarman’s Blue in the breath-taking vastness of the BFI IMAX cinema and a special presentation of key short works and videos in the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival.

Among the season’s highlights are archival re-discoveries such as Jarman’s earliest known film, long thought lost, Electric Fairy (1971); a rarely seen documentary The Royal Ballet in Rehearsal: Jazz Calendar (1968) featuring a production designed by a young Jarman; and films by friends, collaborators and key influencers of his career such as Kenneth Anger – Invocation of My Demon Brother (1968) and Anthony Balch – The Cut-Ups (1967) giving a rich context to themes and subjects which would reappear in Jarman’s own films.

The season is part of a wider celebration entitled ‘Jarman 2014′ which includes an exhibition at BFI Southbank showcasing part of the BFI’s extensive Jarman collection and screenings and events with a wide range of partners including a major focus at King’s College, Derek Jarman: Pandemonium. Along with official media partner thequietus.com, 3:AM will run various competitions and features during the season.

Related: The London Night – Andrew Stevens interviews film director Ron Peck

First posted: Wednesday, January 8th, 2014.

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