Rent Edward II (1991)

3.5 of 5 from 64 ratings
1h 27min
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Synopsis:
King Edward II (Steven Waddington) rejects his cold wife Queen Isabella and takes a male lover, the commoner Piers Gaveston (Andrew Tiernan) upon whom he bestows gifts and power. The King's behaviour enrages the sober, business suited court officials and the spurned queen becomes a seething monster whose dresses and jewellery grow more outrageously lavish as her need for vengeance escalates and the plotting begins.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Steve Clark-Hall, Antony Root
Writers:
Christopher Marlowe, Derek Jarman, Stephen McBride, Ken Butler
Studio:
Second Sight Films Ltd.
Genres:
British Films, Drama, Lesbian & Gay, Romance
Countries:
UK
Awards:

1992 Berlinale Teddy Award

1991 Venice Film Festival Best Actress

BBFC:
Release Date:
01/03/2010
Run Time:
87 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • 'Derek's Edward' – A documentary featuring interviews with producers Steve Clark-Hall and Antony Root, actor Steven Waddington, cinematographer Ian Wilson and human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell
BBFC:
Release Date:
25/02/2019
Run Time:
96 minutes
Languages:
English LPCM Stereo
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.66:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Dead Cat (1989), Depuis lejour (1987), Books By My Beside: Derek Jarman (1989), The Wanderer (1991), Orange Juice Film (1984), Ostia (1987), Delphinium (2009), Bliss: Live Performance (1991), Face to Face: Derek Jarman (1993),
  • 2 x audio commentaries
  • 0 x newly recorded interviews
  • 8 x archive interviews
  • 6 x image galleries
  • trailers
  • + much more

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Reviews (1) of Edward II

A queer Edward II - Edward II review by GF

Spoiler Alert
10/05/2020

This very individual adaptation of Marlowe's Edward II made me long for a more traditional performance of the play. Here we have Marlowe's words, but often accompanied by or interspersed with action that is more extreme ( generally more violent and more obscene, but sometimes more childish) than anything to be found in the text. The actors appear in modern dress, and the young Edward III plays with 20th century toys. This may enable Derek Jarman to make some non-Marlovian satirical points, but its incongruousness is damaging to the realism of the play which is basically a true story of known events in the history of 14th century England. The play is sensationalised and trivialised at the same time. Jarman's version does not have the weight that the text requires. Edward III is the only good character in the play, and in the final scenes he is required to restore order and normality after the troubled reign of his father. In Jarman's version he is too childish and does not have the dignity and authority that would enable him to fill this role successfully.

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