Derek Jarman was the enfant terrible of British film during the seventies and eighties. When he died from AIDS at the age of 52 in February 1994, Jarman left behind a unique and radically original oeuvre of visionary films. The core of director Isaac Juliens portrait of this extraordinary artist is a previously unseen interview, which is elegantly interwoven with Juliens explorations of the Jarman archive and new footage of Jarman's friend and collaborator Tilda Swinton.
Isaac Julien was born in London in 1960. After graduating from St. Martin's School of Art in 1984, where he studied painting and fine art film, he founded Sankofa Film and Video Collective (1983-1992). In time Julien has become one of Britain's foremost artists, equally acclaimed for his fluent and arresting single-screen films as his vibrant and inventive gallery installations. He made a collection of award-winning films during the 1990s and early 2000s. Recently, he has had solo shows at the Pompidou Centre in Paris (2005), MoCA Miami (2005) and the Kerstner Gesellschaft, Hanover (2006). Julien is represented in the Tate Modern, Centre Pompidou, Guggenheim and Hirshholm Collections.