Shot on location at the ancient and ghostly Stoneleigh Abbey, The Tempest tells the story of Prospero the magician, who lives with his nubile daughter on an enchanted island and punishes his enemies when they are shipwrecked there. It’s a study of sexual and political power in the guise of a fairy tale. Jarman presents Shakespeare’s intricate comedy of magic and revenge in a form that is at once faithful to the spirit of the play and an original and dazzling spectacle mixing Hollywood pastiche, high camp, and gothic horror. His film recalls the innocent homoeroticism of Pasolini’s versions of classics, while its lush sense of décor and color is worthy of Minnelli.


  • Three rare short films by Derek Jarman:
    • A Journey to Avebury (1971)
    • Garden of Luxor (1972)
    • Art of Mirrors (1973)


  • Produced by Don Boyd, Guy Ford and Mordecai Schreiber
  • Cinematography: Peter Middleton
  • Production Design: Yolanda Sonnebend
  • Costumes: Nic Ede
  • Original Music: Brian Hodgson and John Lewis
  • Editing: Lesley Walker
  • Cast: Peter Bull, Heathcote Williams, Toyah Wilcox, Karl Johnson and Elisabeth Welch