Jubilee by Derek Jarman

February 13, 2006 at 6:36 pm Leave a comment

Unsurprisingly Jarman’s paeon to eighties London opens with a Queen and her apololypitc visions which of course turn out to be a kinda Thatcher-esque London. An angel black eyes leads her around and plenty of proto-new wave and punk-ish stuff comes out of the seams. But Jubillee isn’t necessarily a bad film or another respite of London’s worst peroids, it is more or less a film about the subtle anarchy that emerges in any city or region as culture takes back the law. It’s not the best, but for a film that seems like Throbbing Gristle should be in it at any time (Adam and Ants make an appearance along with Sussie and the Banshees) it at least features a good amount of folks trying to codify their lives into something understandable but perhaps that’s part of the point, with out a universal standard of behavoir it breaks down into a competition of violence and bitterness to define what is life. It’s a distopyian vision of what we live through every day.

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