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Lighthouse Queer Film Festival

The Garden – Cert 15

+ Post film discussion with AUB Queer Cinema Society

Wed 5 Jun 2024

Director: Derek Jarman
Starring: Tilda Swinton, Johnny Mills, Philip MacDonald

Half waking dream and half fiery polemic, The Garden was born of director Jarman’s rage over continued anti-gay discrimination and the sluggardly response to the AIDS crisis — he had been diagnosed HIV positive in 1988.

Starring Tilda Swinton, this uniquely kaleidoscopic film shows the filmmaker’s genius at its most coruscating, making space in its breadth of vision for an over-the-top Hollywood-style musical number, nightmare images of tar-and-feather queer persecution, and footage of the particularly menacing-looking nuclear power plant that overlooks Jarman’s own garden, the point from which his film begins, and a cherished spot which he must keep to tending even as his body begins to betray him.

Writhing with sorrow and anger, and yet so vividly alive to the loveliness of being, The Garden is a baleful and beautiful epistle from the brink of the beyond. – Nick Pinkerton, The Metrograph

This newly restored film is followed by a post-screening discussion with AUB Queer Cinema Society.

Lighthouse Queer Film Festival is proudly in partnership with Arts University Bournemouth.