Edward II

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Released 1992

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Director:
Derek Jarman
Released:
1992
Rating:
R
Edward II is a 1992 historical drama about the backstage maneuverings surrounding the controversial 14th century king of England, who reigned from 1284 to 1327. As the film opens, newly crowned Edward II (Steven Waddington), antagonizes the people in his court, as well as his French queen Isabella (Tilda Swinton), by his unswerving devotion to Gaveston (Andrew Tiernan), a former peasant and now the king's main adviser and lover. Baron Mortimer (Nigel Terry) plots with Isabella to thwart the gay relationship, as the other nobles back the plot. Edward does have his defenders, however, with protesters demonstrating against the treatment of Gaveston, the protesters played by members of England's contemporary gay activist group OutRage. Despite the setting, Edward II is actually a commentary on the anti-homosexual attitudes of Margret Thatcher's late twentieth century England. The film, set on a bare stage with minimal props, is based on the 1592 play Edward the Second, by Christopher Marlowe, and is directed by Derek Jarman.moreless
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    Historical, Gay & Lesbian, Independent, beer