Anarchy in the UK: Jubilee (1978)
in Derek Jarman
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The relative success of Sebastiane encouraged Jarman, Whaley, and Malin to attempt the impossible and make another independently financed feature film. By 1977, the year of the Queen's Silver Jubilee, punk had spread beyond a handful of clubs and bands in London and New York and was starting to look like a complete new youth culture in the making. The starting point for Jubilee was Jarman's fascination with Jordan, a girl who worked at the King's Road clothes shop. Jarman's ambivalence about where all this violent youthful energy was heading resulted in an extremely interesting film, deliberately ugly in places, and very uncomfortable to watch, a film which, he tells us in the published script, 'always upset people' and who embodied the emerging punk style it was busy promoting. The authentic artistic individuality which he asserted so strongly against the sell-out represented by punk could be found within punk itself.




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