Derek Jarman

Film Director appearing at the inaugural Glasgay! in 1993

Film Director and Gay Rights Activist, Derek Jarman appeared at the first festival in 1993 with BLUE, his twelfth and last feature length film.

During the 1980s Jarman was one of the still few openly gay public figures in Britain and was a leading campaigner against Clause 28. He also worked to raise awareness of AIDS. His artistic practice in the early 1980s reflected these commitments, perhaps most famously in THE ANGELIC CONVERSATION (1985), a film in which the imagery is accompanied by a voice (that of Dame Judi Dench) reciting Shakespeare’s sonnets, obviously chosen for their openness to a homoerotic re-reading.