Derek (2008)

Actress Tilda Swinton collaborates with director Isaac Julien on this richly textured tribute to the late British filmmaker Derek Jarman. In 2002, Swinton penned the text entitled "Letter to an Angel" in memory of her deceased… More

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Rated: Unrated
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DVD Release Date: September 2, 2008
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Michael Esposito
Chicago Tribune

They're interesting tales lovingly rendered.

Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

Strikes a moody and atmospheric tone that's perfectly suited to Swinton's somnolent voiceover. And a wealth of imagery makes it worth seeking out

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Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine

An earnest ode to an outlaw artist, Derek lovingly but unadventurously documents the life and art of the late British filmmaker Derek Jarman.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

This fragmentary portrait of the British filmmaker, painter, set designer and writer Derek Jarman, is a cinematic scrapbook of the life and times of an iconoclast, aesthete and provocateur.

S. James Wegg

This homage to one of the world's most creative, impassioned artists paints a fascinating portrait of Derek Jarman's life through the filmmaker's most extensive on-camera interview and a letter of retrospection written and read by long-time collaborator a

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Brilliantly serves as a touristy tour into the gay and avant-garde world of Brit cinema.

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Armond White
New York Press

In Derek, Isaac Julien evokes the graphically complex style of Derek Jarman's radical filmmaking to commemorate the tensions and tangled ambitions of a modern, politically aware gay artist.

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Walter M.
Thankfully, "Derek" has nothing to do with Derek Jeter.(Sorry, Mets fan.) Rather, it is an endearing documentary about Derek Jarman, an iconoclastic… More