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The Last of England 15 rating

Derek Jarman's passionate and poetic lament on the rise of Thatcherism and corporate dealings.

Animation & Artists Moving Image 1987 91 mins

Director: Derek Jarman

CC

Overview

Jarman reimagines London's yuppie Docklands as a ruined wasteland of desperation and terror, where prisoners are executed in cold blood and soldiers engage in brutal sex. Culminating in Tilda Swinton's ecstatic revolt against injustice, it chimed with all those who felt abject dismay at Thatcher's divisive policies and the rise of big business.

Made just after he was diagnosed with HIV, Jarman's passionate fusion of Super8 material, riot footage and home-movies is jagged and elegiac; an angry, powerful, Blake-like vision of England in turmoil.

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