Edward II

Edward II

Director: Derek Jarman Cast: Steven Waddington, Andrew Tiernan, Tilda Swinton


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Two years before director Derek Jarman died of AIDS, he directed this extremely ambitious variation on Christopher Marlowe's 16th-century play. While Marlowe is the root of this film, Jarman has taken a great deal of leeway with the manner of presentation. The story revolves around King Edward's open homosexuality, which eventually led to his murder and succession. Instead of lush historical settings, the film uses bare walls and dirt floors and puts the cast into smart suits. This "staginess" works to the advantage of Jarman's design, and he takes every opportunity to anachronize. (For example, Annie Lennox shows up to provide a lovely rendition of Cole Porter's "Every Time We Say Goodbye.") A striking film, and a high point of Jarman's career.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/12/2018
UPC: 0859686006635
Original Release: 1991
Source: Film Movement
Region Code: 0
Time: 1:30:00
Sales rank: 34,104

Special Features

Closed Caption; Derek's Edward documentary featurette

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Steven Waddington Edward II
Andrew Tiernan Piers Gaveston
Tilda Swinton Queen Isabella
Nigel Terry Mortimer
Kevin Collins Lightborn-the Janitor
Jerome Flynn Kent
Dudley Sutton Bishop of Winchester
John Lynch Spencer
Jody Graber Prince Edward
Annie Lennox Singer
Christopher Adamson Thug
Jill Balcon Chorus of Nobility
Dinah Beamish Elektra Quartet Member
Daniel Bevan Youth
Andrew Lee Bolton Masseur
Abigail Brown Elektra Quartet Member
Andrew Charleson Chorus of Nobility
Nigel Charnock Dancer
Barry John Clarke Man with Snake
Tristam V. Cones Youth
Alan Corduner Poet
Kim Dare Wild Girl
Mark Davis Sailor
Giles de Montigny Soldier of the Guard
Robb Dennis Soldier of the Guard
John Henry Duncan Altar Boy
Danny Earl Thug
Renee Eyre Sexy Girl
Tony Forsyth Captive Policeman
Ian Francis Youth
David Glover Chorus of Nobility
Roger Hammond Bishop of York
Christopher Hobbs Equery
Andy Jeffrey Sailor
Chris McHallem Thug
Andrea Miller Chorus of Nobility
Brian Mitchell Chorus of Nobility
Sharon Munro Sexy Girl
Barbara New Chorus of Nobility
Lloyd Newson Dancer
James Norton Youth
Kristina Overton Wild Girl
Jocelyn Pook Elektra Quartet Member
Sandy Powell Seamstress
John Quentin Chorus of Nobility
Liz Ranken Sexy Girl
Trevor Skingle Gym Instructor
Sonia Slany Elektra Quartet Member
Johnathan Stables Soldier of the Guard
Kate Temple Seamstress
Michael Watkins Soldier of the Guard
David Oliver Thug

Technical Credits
Derek Jarman Director,Screenwriter
George Akers Editor
Ken Butler Screenwriter
Nigel Charnock Choreography
Steve Clark-Hall Producer,Screenwriter
Christopher Hobbs Production Designer
Lloyd Newson Choreography
Sandy Powell Costumes/Costume Designer
Sarah Radclyffe Producer
Antony Root Producer,Screenwriter
Simon Fisher Turner Score Composer
Ian Wilson Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Edward II
1. Chapter 1 [7:58]
2. Chapter 2 [7:42]
3. Chapter 3 [8:50]
4. Chapter 4 [8:14]
5. Chapter 5 [7:49]
6. Chapter 6 [6:13]
7. Chapter 7 [7:29]
8. Chapter 8 [8:22]
9. Chapter 9 [7:29]
10. Chapter 10 [7:27]
11. Chapter 11 [10:06]
12. Chapter 12 [2:24]

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3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Edward II was a very "break-through" movie dealing with his sexual attraction's while on the Throne of England. I believe it show's how ignorant he became caught up in his own "world" of fantasy and lacking to hold or create the "reality" he would have liked. I recommend this movie to anyone who has ever had a "forbidden" love.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most boring movies I have ever seen! I hated that every "set" was a bare white wall and a dirt floor. All the dialogue- ALL THE DIALOGUE! Beginning to End! - is said in whispers- WHISPERS! I hated that. I could barely hear anything no matter how loud I turned the sound up. I kept falling asleep as I tried to watch the movie. I found King Edward II to be very boring and his lover to be very annoying. I would have liked if these two characters would have had any good qualities or been likable in the slightest. The people of the town hate and want to kill them both, and I didn't care either way. Edward's lover, Gaveston, is so annoying and ugly that it is impossible to understand why Edward is in love with him. The scenes between Edward and Gaveston go from "love" dialogue that is said blandly, and stupid dances between the two that only make them look even worse, not like a cute couple in love. I feel that Tilda Swinton was the only actor in the movie who was given a little something to work with, and she gives the best performance amidst all the empty and bland acting. Tilda also gets to wear some very beautiful dresses. The only scene I like happens right at the beginning: Edward and Gaveston are engaging in some boring whispered conversation, while in the background two hunky sailors make out on a bed. These hunky naked sailors, and Tilda's costumes and acting are the only good parts in this lousy, boring, and oh so quiet movie.