Ratio: 16:9 Anamorphic Widescreen
Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0
Region Code 2
Running Time 87 MINS
Cat no. 2NDVD3171
A film by DEREK JARMAN
MESMERISING Rolling Stone
A JEWEL OF A FILM Channel4.com
Christopher Marlowes 16th Century play is radically adapted by Derek Jarman in one of his most powerful films. Using anachronistic imagery; modern dress, gay activists, battling riot police and Annie Lennox singing Cole Porter, the story of Britains only openly gay monarch and the persecution he suffered is given a contemporary resonance by Jarman, paralleling the injustice with prevailing modern-day homophobia.
King Edward II rejects his cold wife Queen Isabella and takes a male lover, the commoner Piers Gaveston upon whom he bestows gifts and power. The kings behaviour enrages the sober, business-suited court officials and the spurned queen becomes a seething monster whose dresses and jewellery grow more outrageously lavish as her need for vengeance escalates and the plotting begins.
DEREKS EDWARD A documentary featuring interviews with producers Steve Clark-Hall and Antony Root, actor Steven Waddington, cinematographer Ian Wilson and human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell.