Remembering Derek

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A haunting atmosphere was created inside King’s College London’s Chapel

I was fortunate to attend a special evening dedicated to the memory of the late film maker Derek Jarman, on what would have been his 72nd birthday. To commemorate Derek’s death in 1994 King’s College London’s Chapel was chosen as the venue to install Derek’s 1985 film ‘The Angelic Conversation’ which will run continuously for 24 hours.

Before the film screening, Remembering Derek was an hour long conversation by Simon Watney, a close friend of Derek and Neil Bartlett, both worked with Derek on a controversial installation piece at the Third Eye Centre in Glasgow in 1989.

Simon and Neil’s conversation was touching, Simon’s friendship with Derek afforded the audience an intimate sense of the man behind some of cinema’s most original and challenging works. To listen to these two great men recollect another great man, was an occasion I will never forget.

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