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.
CAST & CREW
Guy Ford, Mordecai Shreiber
Director of Photography
Ian Whittaker, Yolanda Sonnabend
Brian Hodgson, John Lewis
Peter Bull, David Meyer, Neil Cunningham, Heathcote Williams, Toyah Willcox, Karl Johnson,Richard Warwick