Monday, July 14, 2014

"Old Age Came Quickly To My Frosted Generation"

The process that chooses what art I read or regard is not systematic but spotty and partial, contingent and full of gaps. I saw most of Derek Jarman's films when they were originally distributed in the late eighties and early nineties, but had missed the film he released in 1990, The Garden, shot largely in and around his own innovative cottage-garden on the shingle at Dungeness in the shadow of a gigantic power station. Filming stopped at one point while Jarman endured one of the many opportunistic illnesses caused by the AIDS virus that ultimately killed him in 1994. Below, the director spontaneously captured during shooting  in company with muse, star, collaborator and heir, Keith Collins.