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Controversial and fiercely individual British film-maker DEREK JARMAN continues his long-standing Edinburgh connection with the world premiere of his latest offering The Garden at this year’s Film Festival.

. Duncan J. Petrie reports on his most personal film to date.

2 The List 17 23 August 1990

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Dear. dear Larry ()livier may have

popped upin his last feature War

Requiem. but Derek Jarman is no pillar

ofthe cosy British film establishment.

The defiant homo-erotic imagery of

Sebastiane and Caravaggio is in itself a declaration of aesthetic independence. but even more it‘s his consistent experimentation with film form and production methods. most notany in 1987‘s The Last offing/and. that has truly marked him out as his own man.

His latest production The Garden. which premiers at the Edinburgh International Film Festival this week. continues and consolidates Jarman‘s unique working methods; indeed its rich. vibrant tapestry of image and sound. a quicksilver rumination on the AIDS crisis and the