Edward II

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Edward II
Certificate18
Year1991
GenreDrama, History
DirectorDerek Jarman
LanguageEnglish
CountryUK, Japan
Running Time1HR 30MINS
Extra InfoIntroduction
SeasonLGBT History Month

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.


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