Edward II

Directed by Derek Jarman
Film Movement Classics
1991
90 Minutes
United Kingdom
English
Romance, Drama
R

In this new restoration of the iconic New Queer Cinema classic, Derek Jarman offers a postmodern take on Christopher Marlowe’s Elizabethan drama. Pleasure-seeking King Edward II sets the stage for a palace revolt by taking as a lover the ambitious Piers Gaveston - who uses his favor in bed to wield political influence - sending the gay pair from the throne to a terminal torture dungeon. This landmark of gay cinema features an incredible performance from Jarman muse and Oscar-winner Tilda Swinton (Michael Clayton) as Edward's spurned Queen Isabella and a rare film appearance by singer Annie Lennox.

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  • "A mesmerizing film...."
    Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
  • "Vivid and meaningful...."
    Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune
  • "Stylish and unconventional...."
    Jamie Bernard, New York Post

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