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Tempest, The (1979)

Synopsis
Low-budget adaptation of the play using chiaroscuro lighting, location shooting, unusual casting, and eccentric costuming. The film remains faithful to the spirit of the play. Jarman’s understanding of the text brings a political intelligence as well as beauty and fantasy. It is also perhaps ‘a touch too art-school for its own good, but it contains many beautiful things, among them a gruff Prospero from Heathcote Williams...and a deliciously cam finale by jazz dive Elisabeth Welch’ (The Guardian, 2019).
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Film
Technical information
Black-and-white / Sound
Year of release
1979
Year of production
1979
Notes
Available on BoB:https://learningonscreen.ac.uk/ondemand/index.php/prog/buf5b31de?bcast=128419600
Estimated budget £150,000.
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Online availability

URI
https://learningonscreen.ac.uk/ondemand/index.php/prog/buf5b31de?bcast=128419600
Delivery
Streamed

Credits

Director
Derek Jarman
Producer
Guy Ford; Mordecai Schreiber
Cinematographer
Peter Middleton
Writer
William Shakespeare
Screenplay
Derek Jarman
Music
Brian Hodgson; John Lewis
Costume
Nicolas Ede
Art Direction
Ian Whittaker; Steven Mehea
Cast
Christopher Biggins 
Claire Davenport 
David Meyer 
Elizabeth Welch 
Heathcote Williams 
Jack Birkett 
Karl Johnson 
Kate Temple 
Ken Campbell 
Neil Cunningham 
Peter Bull 
Peter Turner 
Richard Warwick 
Toyah Willcox 

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 0 PAL
Price
£8.69
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
91 minutes
Year
2019

Type
Film
Format
16mm
Availability
Hire
Duration/Size
91 Minutes

Production Company

Name

Boyd’s Company

Distributor

Name

Learning on Screen Off-Air Recording Back-up Service

Email
services@bufvc.ac.uk
Web
http://bufvc.ac.uk/tvandradio/offair External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7393 1514
Fax
020 7393 1555
Address
For Learning on Screen Members only
77 Wells Street
London
W1T 3QJ

Distributor (Hire)

Name

BFI Film Bookings Unit

Email
bookings.films@bfi.org.uk
Web
http://www.bfi.org.uk/about-bfi/help-faq/film-bookings External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7957 8938 / 8935
Address
21 Stephen Street
London
W1T 1LN

Distributor (Sale)

 

Available from retail outlets

Name

Second Sight Films Ltd

Email
info@secondsightfilms.co.uk
Web
http://www.secondsightfilms.co.uk External site opens in new window
Phone
020 8977 0553
Fax
020 8977 1470
Address
16 Connaught Road
Teddington
London
TW11 0PS
Notes
A UK DVD distributor of celebrated classics and cult cinema from around the world, as well as some television titles. Sale via retail outlets.
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