by Joe Pettit, Jr.
As Queen Elizabeth II ordered a year of celebrations honoring her Silver Jubilee (25th) anniversary since taking the throne, filmmaker Derek Jarman had the idea to capture his friends operating in their milieu, in particular the striking Jordan, who had gained Punk credibility from working in the Kings Row boutique run by Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood, the impresarios behind the Sex Pistols. Jarman's producers convinced him to expand his idea into a feature-length fictional film by incorporating ideas from his earlier unproduced film, The Angelic Conversation of John Dee. The resulting film, Jubilee (1978), recently released on DVD by Criterion, baffled mainstream and art house audiences alike.
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