Drama, History, LGBTQ, Romance
Sunday, July 22nd, 2:15pm
A prizewinner at Venice and Berlin, Jarman’s 1991 New Queer Cinema landmark put a postmodern spin on Christopher Marlowe’s Elizabethan drama. The eponymous king (Steven Waddington) takes the ambitious Piers Gaveston (Andrew Tiernan) as his lover, and the outraged, power-hungry court begins plotting a palace revolt. Jarman muse (and later Oscar-winner) Tilda Swinton plays Edward’s spurned Queen Isabella, with Nigel Terry (the lead in Jarman’s 1986 Caravaggio) as the scheming Lord Mortimer. The film also includes a rare appearance by the great Annie Lennox, singing a cover of Cole Porter’s “Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye,” and drafts members of 1990s British LGBT rights group OutRage! to stand in for Edward's army.