"Understand that sexuality is as wide as the sea. Understand that your morality is not law...you have no rights in our lovemaking."
An inspirational figure in British cinema, Derek Jarman was a talented artist, designer, writer, showman, autobiographer and gardener who had a profound influence on the UK art scene and a generation of film‐makers. He was a polemical activist and a rare thing in public life at the time; someone whose homosexuality informed his work, and he was a passionate believer in the power of art to change lives.
And for anyone new to the director's work, here's our rundown of where to begin with Derek Jarman.