JUBILEE


JUBILEE
   Film (1978). Waley-Malin Production/Megalovision. Written and dir Derek Jarman, starring Jenny Runacre, Little Nell, Toyah Willcox, Jordan, Orlando, Richard O'Brien, Ian Charleson, Adam Ant. 104 mins. Colour.
   This was the first solo film by Jarman, one of the doyens of gay, experimental and gender-bending cinema in the UK. The film, which displays a strong sense of irony about the glories of England, was made to be released just in time for Queen Elizabeth II's Jubilee celebrations. Queen Elizabeth I (Runacre) is given the power to glimpse the future. This is (for us) aNEAR FUTURE London which is decayed, punk and anarchic, though retaining a certain youthful energy (most characters being in their early 20s). The forced decadence of the action is more middle-class Chelsea than streetwise, and the film - with all its orgies, its castrations, its shootings and its music arranged by Brian Eno - is theatrical high camp.
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