Kicking the Pricks
by Derek Jarman
In 1986 Derek Jarman started filming The Last of England, his most original and technically innovative film and also his most personal work. Shortly after the filming began, Jarman also began work on this volume of his journals, which contains diary entries and interviews, notes on the script, stills from the filming, and photographs of Derek, his family and friends.Here J...more
Paperback, 300 pages
Published April 1st 1998 by Overlook TP
(first published May 16th 1996)
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Sep 25, 2008 Lisa rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Gay men and film students.
It's been a long time since I've read a personal memoir as good as this. I could throw out words like "visionary" and "genius", but I believe, sadly, Jarman died with his best work yet to come.
As always with Jarman, this is beautifully written and a joy to read. The heartbreaking elements of his later journals are largely absent here, as the writings collected focus mostly on The Last of England. A bit scattered and disjointed at times, this is the closest thing to a print version of one of his films, and is just as enthralling.
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