1979. 95 min. Directed by Derek Jarman.
“Derek Jarman's THE TEMPEST rips the stuffing out of Shakespeare's play and puts it back in all wrong,” writes this month’s presenter, author and poet Kay Gabriel. Jarman’s ecstatically queer third feature stars new wave singer Toyah Willcox as Miranda, poet Heathcote Williams as Prospero, flamboyant mime Jack Birkett as Caliban, and Elisabeth Welch singing ‘Stormy Weather’ while decked in gold lamé for a crew of giddy sailors. “I came to this film young and didn't get it,” Gabriel continues. “Then I figured out I liked gay derangements of the canon, then I started writing them myself. As perverse adaptations go, I'm all in.” So are we.