Derek Jarman


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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).
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  • ''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 liberation; it was a word that frightened me, but no longer.''
    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, were useless at changing anything.''
    Derek Jarman (b. 1942), British filmmaker, artist, author. (1992). "1960's," At Your Own Risk: A Saint's Testament.
  • ''I'm not afraid of death but I am afraid of dying. Pain can be alleviated by morphine but the pain of social ostracism cannot be taken away.''
    Derek Jarman (b. 1942), British filmmaker, artist, author. On being HIV positive. "1980's," At Your Own Risk: A Saint's Testament (1992).
  • ''The preserve of ambition and folly in pursuit of illusion, or ... delusion.''
    Derek Jarman (b. 1942), British filmmaker, artist, author. Modern Nature: The Journals of Derek Jarman, journal entry for Feb. 22, 1989 (1991). Referring to the film industry.

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