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The Last of England

120 mins
1987

Event times

Tue

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.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/391536311763153 Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSKd9bGeLWM

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


Starring:
Tilda Swinton, Spencer Leigh, Paul Reynolds, Gerard McArthur, Matthew Hawkins, Gay Gaynor
Director:
Derek Jarman
Language:
English
Country:
United Kingdom