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Still from Derek Jarman's The Last of England (1987) courtesy Kino Lorber  

The Last of England

Burning Illusions: British Film and Thatcherism

  • Saturday, April 8, 2023
  • 3:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
  • East Building Auditorium
  • Films
  • In-person
  • Registration Required

Join us for a screening of John Davies: Exploring a Sense of Place in the Landscape, a portrait of the photographer and their process (Giulia Vannucci, 2022, digital, 12 minutes).

Followed by the late Derek Jarman’s personal meditation and commentary on Britain’s post-empire decline during the devastating Thatcher years: The Last of England stars Tilda Swinton in a dreamlike vision of social urban decay and war. Intercut with these dramatic scenes are Jarman’s own super8 archival home movies which, combined, produce a poetic and haunting portrait of a country in transition, and one very far from the director’s own childhood remembrances. Features a riveting score including work by Barry Adamson, Diamanda Galas, and Andy Gill (Gang of Four) among other artists. (Derek Jarman, 1987, DCP, 91 minutes)

Part of the film series Burning Illusions: British Film and Thatcherism, engaging questions of cinematic representations of race, class, and sexuality through examples of moving images rooted in Britain's contested social and political histories.