Derek / Looking For Langston
Followed by an In Conversation with Isaac Julien – click here for more details
Wed 1 July / 7.30pm / Screen 2
£10 joint ticket for Film and In Conversation
Dir: Isaac Julien / 2008 / UK / 76mins
Narrated by Tilda Swinton
Derek Jarman was an activist, painter and more importantly film maker. The film features an unseen interview made with Derek a few years before his death. Powerful and poetic, this ground breaking documentary illuminates the work and enduring importance of Jarman.
Looking for Langston
Dir: Isaac Julien / 1989 / UK / 44mins
A lyrical and poetic consideration of the life of revered Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes. Extracts from Hughes’ poetry are interwoven with the work of cultural figures from the 1920s and beyond, including black poets Essex Hemphill and Bruce Nugent, and photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.
Isaac Julien Retrospective / Black Skins, White Masks
Black Skin, White Mask
Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask
Wed 8 July / 7.30pm / Screen 3 / £7, £5.50 concs
Dir: Isaac Julien / 1996 / UK / 73mins
Cast: Colin Salmon, Halima Daoud
We follow the life and work of the highly influential anti-colonialist writer Frantz Fanon. Born in Martinique, educated in Paris, Fanon spent a large part working as a psychiatrist in Algeria, during its war of independence. Examining Fanon’s theories of identity and race, the film traces his involvement in the anti-colonial struggle in Algeria and throughout the world.
Dir: Isaac Julien / 1984 / UK / 25mins
Territories is an experimental documentary about the Notting Hill Carnival, exploring its history as a symbolic act of resistance. Cutting carnival scenes with archive news reports, this provocative film highlights the importance of safe-guarding one’s self-identity by whatever means available.