The Last of England

120 mins

Event times


26 Nov

"Tilda Swinton stars in cult queer film director Derek Jarman’s personal commentary on the decline of his country in a language closer to poetry than prose. The Last of England is an angrily poetic, personal portrayal of a country that he saw was in ruins. Through the experimental form, through the post-apocalyptic depiction of the country, Derek’s film dismantles the establishment and highlights the horrors of Thatchers Britain through a dream-like state. This film is reawakened in response to Brexit Britain in 2019.

The film portrays a disillusionment of place by fostering ideas around nostalgia and memory in lands of bricks and destruction. Our displacement of nostalgia and wistful folk song soundscapes that draw from a history of connection to land and nationalism otherwise seem comforting but are juxtapositioned with apocalyptic scenes of disenfranchised British emigrants.

Experience this unique screening with a live score from artists Joe Summers, Rosa Irwin-Clark and Thomas Summers who will be using everything at their disposal to create an oscillating audio-visual experience that will draw new meaning from the film.

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This project is supported by the BFI Film Audience Network as part of Changing Times: Shifting Ground."

Tilda Swinton, Spencer Leigh, Paul Reynolds, Gerard McArthur, Matthew Hawkins, Gay Gaynor
Derek Jarman
United Kingdom