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FMJ Issue8

FMJ Issue8

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Welcome to the eighthissue of One+OneFilmmakers Journal
I am watching TV5’s coverage of the British Diamond Jubilee -TV screen hatched with red, white and blue diagonals, verticals and horizontals - in the Swiss quadrant of a French airport.Outside the white cross of Switzerland is lazily overlaid now, now... now by the parallel bands of the tricolore. Into this very European lattice, seeps the garbled French of German fashiondesigner Karl Lagerfeld clad in his usual black, I presume(though I can’t see through the grid), swathing an approachingwoman in attery more virginal white than her raiment. Upon a boat she appears, solitary  and luminous, set apart from the weave of sodden subjects by the stilly greeny planeof the river Thames over which she glides. The Royal Jubilee bells sound incessantly, signalling her resplendence, as a cash register behind my head rings up fty-sevenfrancs and fty-seven cents.
 This eighth issue of One+One: Filmmakers Journal begins with some responses toa Jubilee of a different sort – the 1978 lm and arguable jewel in the crown of thecelebrated and controversial British director Derek Jarman. Opening our dialogue withJarman’s incendiary – if awed – masterpiece, James Marcus Tucker offers a personalreection on Jarman and Jubilee in particular as early inuences upon his work, whichforever altered the developmental locus of this young lmmaker. His account sketchesthe political ambivalence of Jarman’s work and portrays the director as an Englishman atwar with himself: conservative though queer; staid yet incontrovertibly radical. BradleyTuck’s “The Last Dreams of England” intersects with James’ piece, on the ideologicalambivalence which characterises this lm, and considers Jarman’s reaction to thenihilistic co-ordinates of punk. Traversing, in some ways, a line that James quotes fromJarman, that “politics has had it, old-fashioned politics like Marxism, Capitalism andSocialism,” Bradley explores the signicance of 1977 as it surfaces through antitheticaland yet coterminous ideologies which protrude through Jarman’s lm. In a parallelfashion, my contribution imagines possible interpenetrations between the concernsof Kathy Acker’s provocative 1978 novel Blood and Guts in High School and thoseof Jarman’s Jubilee, nding in the one a sideshow mirror-image of the other, in theirrespective disillusionment with what they perceived to be punk’s foreshortened future.
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Considering a different British lmmaker, though occasionally criss-crossing thesepreceding pieces, Paul Barr’s “England’s Disappearing Metropolis: Patrick Keillier’sCritique of Disembodied Spaces,” suggests that the key to understanding PatrickKeillier’s work is in its mobilisation of the past in order to yield Bergsonian virtualities.London (1994), according to Barr’s fascinating conjunction of Keillier and Gilles Deleuze,uses the overlapping textures of the London landscape in order to generate conditionsfor affective intensities and alternate temporalities in the here and now: he persuasivelyargues that “Keillier asks us to consider a new means of perceiving the city; becomingattuned to the city’s hidden (virtual, yet nonetheless real) vital energies that retain theimprint of alternate futures.”In this issue you will also nd a report outlining One+One’s “Revolutions in Progress”lm challenge set last winter that, responding to a cultural zeitgeist epitomised by theemergence of Occupy and the Arab Spring, asked lmmakers to respond to the themeof revolution and lm, revolution on lm and revolution by lm. Like One+One itself, thischallenge attempted to map out smooth, un-striated cinematic spaces where radicalthought and radical lmmaking might coalesce, venturing beyond the circumscribedconnes of the contemporary political matrix.Issue 8 closes with James Marcus Tucker’s new column “The View from Here,” whichcombines personal ruminations on the craft of lmmaking with in-depth analysis ofsome prominent issues and concerns facing independent lmmakers today. Hisimpressive derive through the backstreets of independent lmmaking takes in, enroute, such subjects as the fraught relationship of independent lmmaking to thevampire cephalopod of the capitalist system, Derridean hauntology in two recent BFIreleases, Theodoros Angelopoulos’ “new humanism” and the very possibility of cinemaas resistance. James also reects upon One+One and the London Underground FilmFestival’s “Revolutions in Progress” roundtable held at the Horse Hospital in December2011, which included a screening and discussion with up-and-coming lmmakers,Occupy activists and lm theorists from Goldsmiths, University of London.The issue you are reading attempts to rend the gossamer before you and expose, inmodest ways, the illusory, arbitrary and above all mutable nature of the proverbial grid.We hope you will enjoy it.
Diarmuid Hester
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On Derek Jarman’s Jubilee
James Marcus Tucker, Bradley Tuck & Dirarmuid Hester
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England’s Disappearing Metropolis
Paul Barr
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Filmmaking in an age of Crisis
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The View from Here / Issue 1
James Marcus TuckerIssue 08
Published 23rd July 2012Cover image: Derek Jarman © BFIDesign: Benoit Schmit, www.buenito.comEditors: James Marcus Tucker, Bradley Tuck, Diarmuid Hester, Daniel FawcettSearch Facebook for One+One: Filmmakers Journal or tweet us @OnePlusOneUkEmail: info@lmmakersjournal.co.ukOne+One has been produced collaboratively by a group of Brighton-based lmmakers, with internationally basedcontributors and writers and is a not-for-prot project. HTML and pdf versions of this journal and back issues are availableat www.oneplusonejournal.co.uk
A Shelter fromthe Storm
James Marcus Tucker
 Jubilee was the rst Derek Jarman lm Iwatched. I was in my early teens, some-time in the mid 1990s. Its title card in bold  red stuck in my mind – along with imagesof naked priests, orgies and a young tubby Toyah Wilcox running around with orange hair. I had never heard of Derek Jarman, and it was not until later that decade whenthe internet was nally installed that I was able to google Alta-Vista the two words“Jubilee lm” and discover the lmmaker who was to change the way I thought  about lmmaking.
Watching Jubilee again in 2012, manyyears since my last viewing, I was struckby a few things I had never really con-sidered before. I always remembered itin platitudes: punk, low-budget, queer…I had not really remembered it as in anyway spiritual, quintessentially English, or
On Derek Jarman’s Jubilee
James Marcus Tucker, Bradley Tuck & Diarmuid Hester
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