Journey to avebury
Derek Jarman, UK, 1971, 10 min


Coil‘s “Journey to Avebury” was a ten-minute soundtrack made for a pre-existing Derek Jarman film, recorded in the early-mid 90s and never officially released …


The short film doesn’t just record a visit to a historical (indeed, pre-historical) site; it is a piece of history itself, shot on Super 8 within Jarman’s first year of film-making (1971) and an obvious product of the period’s counter-cultural interest in occult secrets and mystical traditions. This is a film about the English countryside that seems rapturous in its appreciation, and it reminds you that for all of Jarman’s antagonism to the dominant British culture – especially during that grim stretch known as Thatcherism – it’s easy to put him within a group of ultra-English artists and mystics: your William Blakes, your John Dees, your Peter Ackroyds’ (ici) …



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