Saintmaking: the 90s ‘nuns’ who made gay, HIV positive icon Derek Jarman a saint

Published on October 19, 2021

Captions provided by CCTubes – Captioning the Internet! This year marks the 30th anniversary of film-maker Derek Jarman’s canonisation by an activist group of gay male ‘nuns’ known as the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. At the time in 1991, Derek Jarman was the most prominent person in the UK living openly with HIV. He was outspoken, radical and unapologetically queer. The perfect antidote, in the Sisters’ eyes, to Ian McKellen’s acceptance of a knighthood in the 1991 new year honours.

Key credits

Director: Marco Alessi
Producer: Lily Slydel
Editor: Pawel Achtelik
Director of photography: Stephen Dunn
Focus puller: Davide Scalenghe
Sound recordist: Nick Olorenshaw
Music and sound design: Tom Foskett-Barnes
Colourist: Francis Qureshi
Assistant colourist: Sharon Chung
Runner and BTS photographer: Rosanna French
Creative consultant: Sheryl Crown
Executive producer: Ekaterina Ochagavia
Head of documentaries: Lindsay Poulton
A Guardian documentary
Length: 23 mins
Source: The Guardian

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