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The Last of England

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Released 1988

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Director:
Derek Jarman
Released:
1988
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The Last of England is a 1988 British film directed by Derek Jarman (Jubilee, Edward II) and starring Tilda Swinton (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe) and Nigel Terry (Excaliber). The movie, which was named after a painting by the Pre-Raphaelite artist Ford Madox Brown, offers a poetic, rather than realistic, depiction of what director Derek Jarman felt was the loss of traditional English culture in Great Britain during the 1980s. The Last of England is a non-narrative film that has none of the standard elements of a traditional film. The main character is named Spring. He portrays the working-class outsider in Margaret Thatcher's Britain. There are many scenes of great destruction that illustrate the end of industry and visualize the feeling of terror brought on by the IRA at the time. The film challenges the taboo's of forbidden love, homosexual relationships and drug use through the use of still images, montage, voice-overs and music.
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