The Tempest
The Tempest

The Tempest

Production year 1979

Length 95min.

Country UK


Derek Jarman’s interpretation of Shakespeare’s final play is an evocative depiction of colonialism, revenge, retribution and reconciliation. Prospero, the former Duke of Milan, and his daughter Miranda were abandoned on a remote island by the Duke’s evil brother Antonio. Twelve years later, Prospero has learnt the ‘liberal arts’; he creates a tempest to shipwreck Antonio’s ship on the mysterious island in an attempt to marry his travelling companion Prince Ferdinand of Naples  to his daughter, in order to restore peace between Milan and Naples. Jarman brings a punk sensibility to this production, with wild visuals and rich designs that easily conceal the film’s meagre budget.



Guy Ford, Mordecai Shreiber


Derek Jarman

Director of Photography

Peter Middleton

Production designer

Ian Whittaker, Yolanda Sonnabend

Music by

Brian Hodgson, John Lewis


Sarah Vickers


Lesley Walker


Peter Bull, David Meyer, Neil Cunningham, Heathcote Williams, Toyah Willcox, Karl Johnson,Richard Warwick

Production company

Boyd's Company

FILMS 2016