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Accessing undistributed films (Derek Jarman Super8)

James Foster

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I saw some of Derek Jarman's Super8 films at the Close-Up cinema in London a few years ago and for me it was a highly influential viewing experience such that I am currently in the process of producing my first film largely inspired by Jarman's. Unfortunately I have been unable to gain any further access to these films. They are held by the LUMA foundation based in Arles, France and any correspondence I have made to them regarding any information on the films has gone without reply. Despite much public statement about preserving the works legacy I have found that this is often the case with such non-profit foundations especially in my experience regarding artists film [I have hit a similar dead end in the past regarding the films of Ana Mendieta]. Being an industry outsider I find this all very confusing and frustrating and I was wondering if anyone would be able to put the matter in some perspective for me or offer any advice on how I might profitably approach these foundations about such research purposes.




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Hi James,
Are there any particular Derek Jarman titles you're after ?
We have some spare 16mm prints in our archive for disposal.

Although I can't do anything urgently right now ( because of the imminent start of the Southend Film Festival ), I can check later on.
Get in touch if interested.

John S


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Hi John,

Extremely kind of you to offer, any of his Super8 films would be of immense interest to me although I'm not sure they would have been distributed on 16mm; as far as I understand (though I may be completely wrong) the originals were never reproduced before being scanned and it is the foundation that holds the scan video.

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