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Jubilee (1977)

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DVD Release Date
• R1: May 27, 2003
• R2: 18 Jun 2001

Running Time
1 hour, 40 minutes

Country UK

Studio Cinegate, Libra Films International, Megalovision

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• Jubilee

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Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Time Travel, Cult Classic, Drugs, Satire, Experimental, Terrorism

Tagline: Sex, drugs and punk rock. Add violence and time travel and you have Jubilee.

Plot: JUBILEE is a visually charged, absurdly violent, and darkly comic tribute to British punk rock and its self-proclaimed Blank Generation. This unconventional vision from avant-garde British filmmaker Derek Jarman is a mélange of music-video sensibilities (featuring music and performances by Siouxsie and the Banshees, Adam and the Ants, Brian Eno, and others) and historical realism, thoroughly steeped in the anarchistic fury, fashion, and dissent of late 1970s England. A sort of postmodern fairy tale, Jarman's film revels in the nihilistic, decadent world of its motley antiheroes. In 1578, Queen Elizabeth I (Jenny Runacre) asks court magician Dee (Richard O'Brien) to give her a vision of "the shadow of her time." Dee invokes the angel Ariel (David Haughton), an androgynous gothic sprite who transports them to the Great Britain of the future--a post-Thatcherian wasteland where civilization has come to a halt. The streets are roamed by a band of violent punks, including the queen's sadistic alter ego, Bod (also played by Runacre), historian Amyl Nitrate (Malcolm McClaren's sex shop protégé, Jordan), pyromaniac Mad (Toyah Willcox), sex-obsessed actress Crabs (Little Nell), and incestuous brothers Sphinx (Karl Johnson) and Angel (Ian Charleson). Together they wreak havoc on London

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 Directed by
Derek Jarman
Edward II, Caravaggio, Wittgenstein
 Written by
Richard O'Brien
Dark City, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Ever After
Jenny Runacre
The Witches, The Duellists, Profession: reporter
Nell Campbell
The Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Killing Fields, Pink Floyd: The Wall
Toyah Willcox
Quadrophenia, Urgh! A Music War, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
The Filth and the Fury, The Clash: Westway to the World
Ian Charleson
Gandhi, Chariots of Fire, Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes
 Music By
Brian Eno
Heat, Dune, The Beach
Adam Ant
Nomads, Slam Dance, Sweetwater

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