The Garden

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At first this looks like The Last of England 2, but there's a crucial difference: this time, there's no pretension to objectivity. Jarman's own presence is central, and everything else on the screen is presented as his subjective dreams. Hence Jarman looks at his own garden near the sea in Dungeness, and imagines that it's the Garden of Eden or Garden of Gethsemane; Jarman reads about the government passing Section 28 and about the Synod witch-hunting gay priests, and imagines that Christ died for downcast gays; Jarman contemplates his own mortality (he is HIV-positive), and imagines that the end of the world is nigh. Touching, intense, sometimes unexpectedly amusing, sometimes agonising, and always achingly sincere.

By: TR

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Duration: 92 mins

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Director: Derek Jarman
Screenwriter: Derek Jarman
Cast: Tilda Swinton
Johnny Mills
Kevin Collins
Pete Lee-Wilson
Spencer Leigh
Jody Graber
Roger Cook
Michael Gough

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