The Tempest

The Tempest

classified 15

Shakespeare on Film


Please note: This was screened in June 2016

Derek Jarman
Heathcote Williams, Toyah Wilcox, Karl Johnson
135 mins, 1979, UK

Brooding and darkly laden with symbolic imagery, Derek Jarman’s terrific, homoerotic adaptation of Shakespeare’s final play is considered by some to be the most evocative Shakespeare adaptation ever to reach the screen.

A tale of colonialism, revenge, retribution and reconciliation, it focuses on an ageing magician named Prospero (Heathcote Williams) - who is imprisoned on an island with his beautiful daughter Miranda (Toyah Wilcox) and a beast called Caliban (Jack Birkett) - and his plans to seek vengeance on his brother by conjuring up a wild tempest to shipwreck his ship. This is Jarman at his most playful and original - enjoy!

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