Derek Jarman


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Michael Derek Elworthy Jarman (31 January 1942 – 19 February 1994) was an English film director, stage designer, diarist, artist, gardener and author.

Jarman was born in Northwood, Middlesex, England. the son of Elizabeth Evelyn (née Puttock) and Lancelot Elworthy Jarman. His father was a military officer, born in New Zealand, and his mother was of half Jewish descent. He boarded at ... more »

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  • ''All men are homosexual, some turn straight. It must be very odd to be a straight man because your sexuality is hopelessly defensive. It's like an ideal of racial purity.''
    Derek Jarman (b. 1942), British filmmaker, artist, author. "1940's," At Your Own Risk: A Saint's Testament (1992).
  • ''An orgasm joins you to the past. Its timelessness becomes the brotherhood; the brethren are lovers; they extend the "family." I share that sexuality. It was then, is now and will be in the future.''
    Derek Jarman (b. 1942), British filmmaker, artist, author. "1950's," At Your Own Risk: A Saint's Testament (1992).
  • These names: gay, queer, homosexual are limiting. I would love to finish with them. We're going to have to decide which terms to use and where we use them.... For me to use the word "queer" is a liber...
    Derek Jarman (b. 1942), British filmmaker, artist, author. "1950's," At Your Own Risk: A Saint's Testament (1992).
  • ''The modern queer was invented by Tennessee Williams. Brando in blue jeans, sneakers, white T-shirt and leather jacket. When you saw that, you knew they were available.''
    Derek Jarman (b. 1942), British filmmaker, artist, author. "1960's," At Your Own Risk: A Saint's Testament (1992).
  • The queers of the sixties, like those since, have connived with their repression under a veneer of respectability. Good mannered city queens in suits and pinstripes, so busy establishing themselves, w...
    Derek Jarman (b. 1942), British filmmaker, artist, author. (1992). "1960's," At Your Own Risk: A Saint's Testament.
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