Derek Jarman offers a postmodern take on Christopher Marlowe’s Elizabethan drama in this iconic New Queer Cinema classic.
Pleasure-seeking King Edward II (Steven Waddington) sets the stage for a palace revolt by taking as a lover the ambitious Piers Gaveston (Andrew Tiernan) – who uses his favour in bed to wield political influence – sending the pair from the throne to a terminal torture dungeon.
This landmark of gay cinema features an incredible performance from Jarman muse and Oscar-winner Tilda Swinton as Edward’s spurned Queen Isabella. Staged in an imaginary realm outside of time (at one point Annie Lennox appears to sing Cole Porter), Edward II is a bold commentary on homophobia in contemporary Britain.
Screening as part of QFT’s LGBT History Month season, Edward II will be introduced Ruth McCarthy, Artistic Director for Outburst Queer Arts Festival.
We are delighted to welcome director Hikaru Toda to QFT for this screening.
Hikaru Toda’s involving documentary reveals the hidden side of Japanese society, highlighting the diverse human-rights work done by the country’s first LGBT law firm.