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The Last of England (1987)

Unrated | | Drama, Fantasy | 18 July 1988 (Japan)
The artist's personal commentary on the decline of his country in a language closer to poetry than prose. A dark meditation on London under Thatcher.

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Derek Jarman
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Cast

Cast overview:
Tilda Swinton ... The Maid
Spencer Leigh Spencer Leigh ... Soldier / Various roles
'Spring' Mark Adley 'Spring' Mark Adley ... Spring / Various roles (as Spring)
Gerrard McArthur Gerrard McArthur ... Various roles
Jonny Phillips ... Various roles (as Jonathan Phillips)
Gay Gaynor Gay Gaynor ... Various roles
Matthew Hawkins Matthew Hawkins ... Junkyard Guy
Nigel Terry ... Narrator (voice)
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The artist's personal commentary on the decline of his country in a language closer to poetry than prose. A dark meditation on London under Thatcher. Written by International Film Circuit <ifcplanet@aol.com>

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Drama | Fantasy

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Unrated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | West Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 July 1988 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

The Last of England See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP276,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$630
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

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1.66 : 1
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Voice 2: Fuck it.
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Soundtracks

Pomp and Circumstance
Composed by Edward Elgar (as Elgar)
Performed by Royal Scottish National Orchestra (as Scottish National Orchestra)
Conducted by Alexander Gibson (as Gibson)
Bank of Scotland series
© 1978 Chandos Records Ltd
® 1984 Chandos Records Ltd
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A political revolt of Thatcher's Britain. A cinematic Gem
19 December 2005 | by neilrollandSee all my reviews

Challenging the politics of 80s Britain and the film-making of the time, The Last of England stands out as an outstanding cinematic achievement.

Don't get me wrong, when I first watched, I found it difficult to watch and actually left before it finished! But it drew me back. I did some reading on the film and on Derek Jarman and after this I was able to see the Genius in the piece.

The main character is Spring. (we do not learn this is his name until the end credits) He portrays the working class outsider in Thatcher's Britain. There are scenes of destruction, the end of industry, the feeling of terror brought on by the IRA at the time. The film challenges the Taboo's of homosexual relationships, forbidden love, drug use etc etc Through montage, still images, music and voice over, Jarman portrays his feelings of Britain in the 1980s and how he would like to sail away from this terrible Island (see the final sequence) Shot on 8mm, Jarman was revolting against the Hollywood standard 35mm, using home video footage on top to garnish the effect.

Really before you see this film, you MUST do some reading into it first. I believe this will enhance your enjoyment and let you get a flavour of what Jarman was trying to do with this piece


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