Christopher Marlowe's 16th century play is radically adapted by Derek Jarman in one of his most powerful films. Using anachronistic imagery, modern dress, gay activists battling riot police and Annie Lennox singing Cole Porter, the story of Britain's only openly gay monarch and the persecution he suffered is given a contemporary resonance by Jarman, paralleling the injustice with prevailing modern-day homophobia. King Edward II rejects his cold wife Queen Isabella and takes a male lover, the commoner Piers Gaveston upon whom he betows gifts and power. The king's behaviour enrages the sober, business-suited court officials and the spurned queen becomes a seething monster whose dresses and jewellery grow more outrageously lavish as her need to vengeance escalates and the plotting begins. Bonus Feature - Derek's Edward - An exclusive documentary featuring cast and crew interviews.
Mesmerising --Rolling Stone
A jewel of a film --Channel4.com