Blue (1993)

28 October 2023, 3:00 PM







Derek Jarman

United Kingdom

Drama, Experimental

79 minutes


NC16 (Mature Themes)


Winner – Best New British Feature (Edinburgh International Film Festival 1993)
Winner – Honorable Mention (Stockholm International Film Festival 1994)

Main Summary

In his final feature film, Blue, Derek Jarman takes audiences on an emotional odyssey, inducing feelings of alienation, loneliness, and disassociated fear through its unique visual approach. Serving as a gripping representation of Jarman’s battle with AIDS, the single field of unchanging colour reflects his deteriorating vision, plunged into blueness as a result of his disease.   

This is a film that urges audiences to listen. Jarman’s poetic introspections blend seamlessly with the atmospheric soundtrack and evocative soundscapes.

The film amplifies the voices of Jarman’s community, weaving together a heartfelt audio collage of hope, pain, and recollection.  

Blue stands as a powerful meditation on collective loss, paying tribute to the countless lives lost during the AIDS epidemic in 1980s Britain. Released four months before Jarman’s passing due to AIDS-related complications, this film is both an homage to the past and a celebration of the resilience and spirit of those living with AIDS.