Derek Jarman creates a visual evocation of the legendary original recording of Benjamin Britten's choral masterpiece which blended the Latin Mass of the Dead with the poignant poetry of Wilfred Owen, Britain's greatest chronicler of the Great War. Dramatised scenes featuring spellbinding performances from an extraordinary cast are interwoven with cinematic, poetic images and harrowing archive footage which all serve to recreate the horrors of 20,h century wars - the loss of innocence, the unbearable suffering, the nightmares, the tragic waste of life. Critically-acclaimed on its release, Derek Jarman's 'War Requiem' is perhaps the visionary director's greatest film. As a testament to the futility of war it is a unique, unforgettable poignant and haunting experience.
'Requiem for Jarman' - Recollections on the making of the film with producer Don Boyd and stars Tilda Swinton and Nathaniel Parker
'War Requiem Live in Liverpool' - A feature on the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic's 2008 performance of Britten's masterpiece in Liverpool Cathedral
Audio Commentary with producer Don Boyd
English Hard of Hearing
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
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),