Derek Jarman Super 8


A brilliantly edited selection of stills from Derek Jarman’s many short Super 8 films, curated and commented on by some of the biggest names in contemporary art and cinema

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James Mackay


One of the most influential filmmakers of the late 20th century, Derek Jarman directed cult feature films such as Jubilee (1977) and Caravaggio (1986), as well as music videos for The Smiths, the Pet Shop Boys and Marianne Faithfull.

Derek Jarman also trained in fine art and a painterly mentality permeates all his work, particularly his Super 8 films, which show Jarman at his most visually courageous and creative, using prisms, filters and superimposition to produce rich colour and artistically bold compositions. The transient images, isolated like paintings, are the essence of Derek Jarman and the visual vocabulary of a great artist.

Now, Jarman’s producer and collaborator, James Mackay, has overseen the restoration of ninety-two Super 8s in order to prevent these rarely seen films being lost for ever. This book features key stills and sequences from the films, as chosen and introduced by Liam Gillick, Wilhelm Sasnal, Sarah Turner, Gina Birch, Matthias Müller, Peter Fillingham, Neil Bartlett and Isaac Julien.

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Weight 913 g
Dimensions 22.6 x 16.2 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 October 2014
Number of pages 288
Format Hardback
Dimensions 22.6 x 16.2 cm
Weight 913 g


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James Mackay is custodian of Jarman's Super 8s and the leading expert on Jarman's filmography. He produced the following Jarman films: In the Shadow of the Sun, Sloane Square: A Room of One's Own, T.G.: Psychic Rally in Heaven, Pirate Tape, The Angelic Conversation, Caravaggio, Aria, L'ispirazione, The Last of England, The Garden, Blue and Glitterbug.