Early Modern Jarman Symposium
This symposium, held at King’s College London, where Derek Jarman studied English and History from 1960 to 1963, commemorates Jarman’s lifelong engagement with early modern drama and culture in his films, sets designs, art and writing. It is at King’s that Jarman first read Christopher Marlowe’s Edward II, the play which he returned to again and again after his HIV diagnosis in 1986. Jarman’s fascination with the early modern period as a queer precursor of his own time went beyond the drama of Marlowe, however, and informed his set designs (both at the Slade and for Ken Russell’s The Devils, 1970), his choice of subject matter for several of his films – from Jubilee (1977) and The Tempest (1978) to The Angelic Conversation (1985) via the decade he spent working on Caravaggio (1986) - his life-writing and even the design of his famous garden in Dungeness.
The symposium will include panels on Jarman’s Shakespeare, Jarman Beyond Film, Edward II, Jarman’s Punk Alchemy and Derek Jarman: History and Memory, with speakers approaching the subject from a range of disciplinary backgrounds: queer studies, film studies, early modern and medieval studies and life-writing research. Additionally, keynote lectures by Jim Ellis (University of Calgary), Kate Lilley (University of Sydney), Pascale Aebischer (Exeter University) and Jeffrey Masten (Northwestern University), will focus on Jarman’s Caravaggio, his Angelic Conversation, the unpublished screenplays for Edward II and the film of Edward II.
Symposium participants will also be invited to visit Derek Jarman: Pandemonium, the immersive exhibition that forms part of the Jarman 2014 series of events. They will have the opportunity, the night before the conference, to attend the premiere of Andy Kimpton-Nye's documentary film The Gospel According to Saint Derek in the Anatomy Museum at 5pm on 31 January (see below for details).
This will be followed at 6pm by Remembering Derek, a conversation between Neil Bartlett and Simon Watney. They will introduce the continuous screening installation of The Angelic Conversation in King’s College Chapel which will start at 7pm, and run for 24 hours until 7pm on 1 February.
Film Screening:The Gospel According to St Derek
17.00, Friday 31 January 2014
Anatomy Museum, 6th Floor, King's Building
Andy Kimpton-Nye will present the premiere of his new documentary film, The Gospel According to St Derek. Using interviews with close family, friends and collaborators who reflect on the ten commandments of independent film-making, the documentary bears witness to Derek Jarman’s unique modus operandi as a low-budget, independent film-maker. Anecdotal, serious and humorous in turn, the documentary acts as a rallying cry for film-makers today.
All welcome, no need to book.
This event is jointly organised by Pascale Aebischer (University of Exeter) and Gordon McMullan (King’s College London) and is supported by the London Shakespeare Centre, Shakespeare Bulletin and the Centre for Early Modern Studies, University of Exeter.