Edward II

Directed by Derek Jarman
Film Movement Classics
90 Minutes
United Kingdom
Romance, Drama, Classics

In this new restoration of the iconic New Queer Cinema classic, Derek Jarman offers a postmodern take on Christopher Marlowe’s Elizabethan drama. Pleasure-seeking King Edward II sets the stage for a palace revolt by taking as a lover the ambitious Piers Gaveston - who uses his favor in bed to wield political influence - sending the gay pair from the throne to a terminal torture dungeon. This landmark of gay cinema features an incredible performance from Jarman muse and Oscar-winner Tilda Swinton (Michael Clayton) as Edward's spurned Queen Isabella and a rare film appearance by singer Annie Lennox.

Director & Cast

  • Director: Derek Jarman
  • Starring: Steven Waddington
  • Starring: Tilda Swinton
  • Starring: Jerome Flynn
  • Starring: Kevin Collins
  • Starring: Andrew Tiernan
  • Starring: Annie Lennox
  • Starring: Nigel Terry

Where to Watch




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