Drambuie & Filmhouse, Edinburgh Present ‘The Extraordinary Derek Jarman’ Film Season‏

DRAMBUIE PRESENTS THE EXTRAORDINARY DEREK JARMAN AT FILMHOUSE, EDINBURGH

This Spring, Drambuie and Filmhouse, Edinburgh will bring the extraordinary films of Derek Jarman to Edinburgh’s silver screen. Starting this February, the work of this experimental filmmaker and artist will be screened and exhibited at Filmhouse, the independent cinema, in what will be the eighth film season showcased in partnership with the Scottish spirit.

The season begins on the 13th February with Sebastiane + Electric Fairy, a controversial, sexualised retelling of the fourth century Praetorian guard whose human goodness leads to humiliation and martyrdom.

Further season highlights include a unique symposium on Derek Jarman hosted by Jim Hickey, former director of Filmhouse and the Edinburgh International Film Festival on the 23rd February. Hickey will take audiences on a journey through Jarman’s life and works, exhibiting rare film extracts and revealing how he made his very personal cinema within a largely hostile British film culture. Edinburgh also plays a key role in Jarman’s fascinating story, as he brought several films – starting with The Tempest – to the Edinburgh’s International Film Festival.

The collaboration between Drambuie and Filmhouse also celebrates the life and work of Derek Jarman in a year that marks the 20th anniversary since his death. Jarman died in 1994, aged just 52, but his legacy lives on. In the twenty years since his death his films have lost none of their relevance, and remain influential with public interest increasing substantially in recent years.

For those with a hunger for something distinctive and different, Jarman’s eclectic work is inspirational in its fearlessness yet remains touchingly personal. With the help of the British Film Institute, the film season will include features such as Caravaggio and The Tempest, alongside more experimental films and rarely seen shorts. The result is a glorious hymn to the living, breathing, very real male body, and a bold, personal reclamation of gay history.

Audiences will be able to experience further the filmmaker’s powerful work through an exhibition of press cuttings, film stills and other iconic items drawn from the archives of Filmhouse and the Edinburgh International Film Festival. The exhibition will be installed in the cinema’s Café Bar for the duration of the season.

Derek Jarman: presented by Drambuie will run from Thursday 13th February to Wednesday 9th April and screen an extensive selection of Jarman’s films, including CaravaggioThe TempestThe Angelic ConversationWar RequiemJubileeWittgensteinThe Garden, BlueThe Last of EnglandEdward II and Glitterbug.

The ongoing financial support provided by Drambuie allows Filmhouse, Edinburgh to screen unique cinematic programmes that showcase the work of extraordinary filmmakers and actors that have made a lasting impact on film history and cultural society. Alongside these extraordinary film screenings, events and exhibitions, audiences can experience the unique Drambuie blend of the finest aged Scotch whisky, spices and heather honey in an array of bespoke cocktails, created to celebrate each season.

For more information on screenings and to book tickets, please visit: http://www.filmhousecinema.com/seasons/derek-jarman-presented-by-drambuie

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