At Your Own Risk: A Saint's Testament

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Vintage, 1993 - Cinema - 153 pages
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WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY MATTHEW TODDIn this book, which moves from the 1940s to the 1990s, Derek Jarman artfully weaves poetry, prose, memoir, photographs, film transcripts and newspaper extracts into a rich tapestry of gay experience in the UK. The buttoned-up repression of the 50s and 60s makes way for liberation and free love in the 70s, only to be chased by the terror and pain of the HIV/AIDS outbreak. This is Jarman at his passionate, polemic best, written when he was already ill with HIV and in the midst of the moral panic surrounding the AIDS crisis. Defiant and furious, he not only celebrates his own sexuality but also skewers society for its brazen homophobia. Reissued here 25 years after Jarman?s death, At Your Own Risk remains a singular work. It is a powerful reminder of how far we have come and how much further we have left to go.

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Patchy memoir by gay British filmmaker Jarman, who tested HIV- positive five years ago, has survived a handful of illnesses, and is still going strong. Jarman covers five decades here, at times ... Read full review

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British filmmaker, author, AIDS activist, and all-around cultural upstart, Jarman has written a moving, visually evocative memoir of his life and times. One of the first filmmakers to project an ... Read full review

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Derek Jarman's creativity spanned decades and genres - painter, theatre designer, director, film maker, writer and gardener.From his first one-man show at the Lisson Gallery in 1969; set designs and costumes for the theatre and ballet (Jazz Calendar with Frederick Ashton at Covent Garden, Don Giovanni with John Gielgud at the London Coliseum, The Rake's Progress with Ken Russell at Teatro Communale, Florence); production design for Ken Russell's films The Devils and Savage Messiah; through his own films in super-8 before working on features- Sebastine (1976), Jubilee (1978), The Tempest (1979), The Angelic Conversation (1985), Caravaggio (1986), The Last of England (1987), War Requiem (1989), The Garden (1990), Edward II (1991),Wittgenstein (1993), and Blue (1993); to directing pop-videos and live performances for Pet Shop Boys and Suede.His paintings - for which he was a Turner Prize nominee in 1986 - have been exhibited world-wide.His garden surrounding the fisherman's cottage in Dungeness where he spent the last years of his life remains a site of awe and pilgrimage to fans and newcomers to Jarman's singular vision.His publications include- Dancing Ledge (1984), Kicking the Pricks (1987), Modern Nature (1991), At Your Own Risk (1992), Chroma (1994), Derek Jarman's Garden (1995).

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