Currently reading : Derek Jarman’s sketchbooks
Released in autumn, Thames and Hudson have created this spectacular book exploring Derek Jarman’s endlessly beautiful documentation during his career as one of the most important independent film makers of the twentieth century. The delicate handwriting accompanied by pressed flowers, newspaper clippings of tabloid controversy and photos of his actors form a wonderfully fluid snapshot into the creative process of Jarman. With essays to accompany by Jon Savage and Tilda Swinton this book delves right into the individualistic film making process of Jarman.
Besides from being able to view the filming concepts being materialised within the sketchbooks, the layout and placement of words, objects and drawings together are incredibly elegant. A renegade in progressive living, acting and working the book also delves into the highly important political side of Jarman’s life in terms of Thatcherism and his working with AIDS.
You can buy this highly recommended book here