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Two years before director Derek Jarman died of AIDS, he directed this extremely ambitious variation on Christopher Marlowe's 16th-century play. While Marlowe is the root of this film, Jarman has taken a great deal of leeway with the manner of presentation. The story revolves around King Edward's open homosexuality, which eventually led to his murder and succession. Instead of lush historical settings, the film uses bare walls and dirt floors and puts the cast into smart suits. This "staginess" works to the advantage of Jarman's design, and he takes every opportunity to anachronize. (For example, Annie Lennox shows up to provide a lovely rendition of Cole Porter's "Every Time We Say Goodbye".) A striking film, and a high point of Jarman's career. ~ John Voorhees, Rovi

  • Release date:March 20, 1992

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Berlin International Film Festival Derek Jarman FIPRESCI Prize for Young Cinema 1992 Winner
Venice International Film Festival Tilda Swinton Volpi Cup for Best Actress 1991 Winner

Cast

Steven Waddington
as Edward II
Andrew Tiernan
as Piers Gaveston
Tilda Swinton
as Queen Isabella
Nigel Terry
as Mortimer
Kevin Collins
as Lightborn-the Janitor
Dudley Sutton
as Bishop of Winchester
Jerome Flynn
as Kent
John Lynch
as Spencer
Jody Graber
as Prince Edward
Annie Lennox
as Singer
Christopher Adamson
as Thug
Dinah Beamish
as Elektra Quartet Member
Abigail Brown
as Elektra Quartet Member
Andrew Charleson
as Chorus of Nobility
Nigel Charnock
as Dancer
Alan Corduner
as Poet
Kim Dare
as Wild Girl
Mark Davis
as Sailor
Robb Dennis
as Soldier of the Guard
Danny Earl
as Thug
Renee Eyre
as Sexy Girl
Tony Forsyth
as Captive Policeman
Ian Francis
as Youth
Roger Hammond
as Bishop of York
Andy Jeffrey
as Sailor
Chris McHallem
as Thug
Sharon Munro
as Sexy Girl
Barbara New
as Chorus of Nobility
Lloyd Newson
as Dancer
Kristina Overton
as Wild Girl
Jocelyn Pook
as Elektra Quartet Member
John Quentin
as Chorus of Nobility
Liz Ranken
as Sexy Girl
Trevor Skingle
as Gym Instructor
Sonia Slany
as Elektra Quartet Member
Johnathan Stables
as Soldier of the Guard
Kate Temple
as Seamstress
David Oliver
as Thug
Johnathan Stables
as Soldier of the Guard
Trevor Skingle
as Gym Instructor
Kristina Overton
as Wild Girl
Jocelyn Pook
as Elektra Quartet Member
Robb Dennis
as Soldier of the Guard
John Quentin
as Chorus of Nobility
Sonia Slany
as Elektra Quartet Member
Danny Earl
as Thug
Barbara New
as Chorus of Nobility
Ian Francis
as Youth
Roger Hammond
as Bishop of York
Tony Forsyth
as Captive Policeman
Kate Temple
as Seamstress
Dinah Beamish
as Elektra Quartet Member
Abigail Brown
as Elektra Quartet Member
Liz Ranken
as Sexy Girl
Christopher Adamson
as Thug
Alan Corduner
as Poet
Nigel Charnock
as Dancer
Andrew Charleson
as Chorus of Nobility
Renee Eyre
as Sexy Girl
Lloyd Newson
as Dancer
Mark Davis
as Sailor
Sharon Munro
as Sexy Girl
Chris McHallem
as Thug
Kim Dare
as Wild Girl
Andy Jeffrey
as Sailor

Crew

Derek Jarman
Director
Steve Clark-Hall
Producer
Antony Root
Producer
Antony Root
Screenwriter
Ken Butler
Screenwriter
Steve Clark-Hall
Screenwriter
Derek Jarman
Screenwriter
Ian Wilson
Cinematographer
George Akers
Editor
Sandy Powell
Costume Designer
Lloyd Newson
Choreography
Nigel Charnock
Choreography
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