Jarman and Film

Jason Wood – an introduction to Jarman’s films

Jason Wood is the Creative Director for Film and Culture at HOME. A visiting Professor at Manchester School of Art, he is also the author of multiple published works on cinema.

HOME and Manchester Art Gallery were working together to present a season of Jarman’s film to accompany the exhibition. Jason had curated a selection of films and events with Jarman collaborators and fans, which we will re-schedule when the exhibition takes place. Jason has written an introduction and overview of Jarman’s film output, originally commissioned by the BFI for a series of Blu Ray and DVD issues of Jarman’s work, which he has updated and shared with us here.

Watch Jarman’s films via the BFI player

If you would like to see some of the films discussed you can view many of Jarman’s feature films through BFI Player here.

Dr Andrew Moor – Spirit and Matter

Andrew Moor from the Department of English at Manchester Metropolitan University researches LGBTQ+ and British cinema history. He has written extensively on the films of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, whose visionary approach and use of soundtrack influenced Jarman’s own films. This influence is discussed in the Radio 3 programme Free Thinking, first broadcast in 2014, which you can listen to below. Moor’s essay Spirit and Matter: Romantic Mythologies in the films of Derek Jarman features in the Manchester University Press publication Territories of Desire in Queer Culture: Refiguring the Contemporary Boundaries (edited by D. Alderson, L. Anderson), which he has kindly agreed to share here.

Essay reproduced courtesy Manchester University Press.