Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Dear Diary

I spent last night reading Derek Jarman's memoir "At your own risk, a Sant's Testament" all the way through. It itself is a journal style memoir of growing up gay in 1950s, 60s England, with excursions before and a constant interchange with the present (1992 ) and the AIDS crisis. It's sort of a history of gay culture in England during this time. Jarman was an avant-garde filmmaker, although his films are little known in the U.S., who was part of the '70s counterculture. He also was diagnosed with HIV in 1986. He died in 1994.

As for his films, what I've seen of them, they're very interesting in being highly symbolic with large elements of fantasy symbolism carrying the story.

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