The Gospel According to St Derek (2014)

A documentary exploring the ten commandments of low-budget filmmaking according to the independent filmmaker extraordinaire Derek Jarman.


Andy Kimpton-Nye


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Credited cast:
Tariq Ali ... Himself
Simon Fisher-Turner Simon Fisher-Turner ... Himself
Christopher Hobbs Christopher Hobbs ... Himself
Christopher Hughes Christopher Hughes ... Himself
Karl Johnson ... Himself
Samuel Kimpton-Nye Samuel Kimpton-Nye ... The Boy
James Mackay ... Himself
Ron Peck Ron Peck ... Himself
Tilda Swinton ... Herself
Peter Tatchell ... Himself
Nigel Terry ... Himself


The Gospel According to St Derek uses amazing access to in-depth interviews with Derek Jarman's family, friends and collaborators, to bear witness to his unique approach to low-budget filmmaking and acts, therefore, as a rallying call to all low-budget filmmakers. Anecdotal, funny, insightful and inspiring, The Gospel According to St Derek unashamedly bangs a drum for Derek Jarman's importance as one of Britain's (indeed, one of cinema's) finest filmmakers. Written by Anonymous

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Documentary | Short







Release Date:

31 January 2014 (UK) See more »

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Production Co:

400Blows Productions See more »
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Technical Specs



Color (Black & White and Color)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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An investigation into Derek Jarman's unorthodox creative process and filmmaking ethos, the film is divided in ten segments or "commandments":
  • Remember the home movie and always keep Super 8 holy;
  • Thou shalt not worship false profits;
  • Thou shalt enjoy the ride;
  • Thou shalt make thy films in thine own likeness;
  • Thou shalt go with the flow;
  • Thou shalt be fearless;
  • Thou shalt honour the art of design;
  • Thou shalt remember film is a wedding of light and matter;
  • Thou shalt seek the rainbow's end;
  • Thou shalt not make thyself a martyr for thine art;
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References Blue (1993) See more »

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