At Your Own Risk: A Saint's Testament

Author(s): Derek Jarman

Biography / Memoir

Derek Jarman is known as a painter, theatre designer and maker of films such as "Jubilee", "Caravaggio", "The Garden" and "Edward II". This book consists of a series of autobiographical fragments, interviews and newspapers extracts in which he celebrates homosexuality, articulating the pain, anxiety and rage which many homosexuals have felt under the physical, legal and cultural attacks of recent years. Jarman also wrote "Modern Nature".


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Impassioned, witty and polemical, At Your Own Risk is Derek Jarman's defiant celebration of gay sexuality.

Derek Jarman's creativity spanned decades and genres - painter, theatre designer, director, film maker, writer and gardener. From his first one-man show at the Lisson Gallery in 1969; set designs and costumes for the theatre and ballet (Jazz Calendar with Frederick Ashton at Covent Garden, Don Giovanni with John Gielgud at the London Coliseum, The Rake's Progress with Ken Russell at Teatro Communale, Florence); production design for Ken Russell's films The Devils and Savage Messiah; through his own films in super-8 before working on features- Sebastine (1976), Jubilee (1978), The Tempest (1979), The Angelic Conversation (1985), Caravaggio (1986), The Last of England (1987), War Requiem (1989), The Garden (1990), Edward II (1991), Wittgenstein (1993), and Blue (1993); to directing pop-videos and live performances for Pet Shop Boys and Suede. His paintings - for which he was a Turner Prize nominee in 1986 - have been exhibited world-wide. His garden surrounding the fisherman's cottage in Dungeness where he spent the last years of his life remains a site of awe and pilgr

General Fields

  • : 9780099222910
  • : Penguin Random House
  • : Vintage Classics
  • : December 1992
  • : 198mm X 129mm X 12mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 176
  • : very good
  • : 791.430233092
  • : English
  • : Derek Jarman