Derek Jarman’s Sketchbooks


An intimate portrait of one of Britain’s most influential film-makers – a cult in his lifetime; a cult today


ISBN: 9780500516942 Categories: ,

Ed Webb-Ingall


There are few more complete examples of an artist’s record of their own life than the intimately detailed and beautifully produced books that Derek Jarman created throughout his career.

Seen together they reveal the story of how he gathered, shaped and made concrete his ideas. Containing poetry, drawings, pressed flowers, photographs, scripts and notes, the sketchbooks are part autobiography and part social history, bursting with the energy and creativity of this groundbreaking artist. Wholly private during his lifetime, these precious books reveal the detailed planning – and creative and emotional engagement – behind each of his films.

This book collates the best of Jarman’s sketchbooks to reveal his film-making process in more depth than ever before.

Contributions from people closely tied to Jarman’s work bring to life the filmmaker’s social circle and the cultural climate of Britain in the 1970s and 80s. Excerpts from early scripts, sketches and notes in particular ensure this is destined to be an essential work.

Additional information

Weight 1385 g
Dimensions 21.3 x 26.8 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 September 2013
Number of pages 256
Format Hardback
Dimensions 21.3 x 26.8 cm
Weight 1385 g


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Stephen Farthing is a painter and the Rootstein Hopkins Research Professor of Drawing at the University of the Arts, London.

Ed Webb-Ingall is a film producer who holds a research position at the Chelsea College of Art and Design, London.