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For Jarman2014, Jarman Award Random Acts on the BFI Player

Date posted: 26.02.2014

Since 2008 winners of the Film London Jarman Award have been making short works for Channel 4. Now, the films by Luke Fowler, Lindsay Seers, Emily Wardill and Anja Kirschner & David Panos are available to watch for free - on the BFI Player. 

The films are presented together for the first time for Jarman2014, a year-long celebration of the life and work of Derek Jarman.

Watch the films

rooftops in a still from Luke Fowler's Lester

Celebrating the unique creativity of Derek Jarman

Derek Jarman was a ground-breaking artist who, through uncompromisingly political and personal works, became one of Britain's most innovative, esteemed and controversial artists of the late 20th century.

He had a profound influence on the UK art scene and a generation of film-makers. He was a passionate believer in the power of art to change lives and used his energies to create a unique and rich body of work.

a still from Lindsay Seers' Necromancers

The Film London Jarman Award celebrates this spirit of experimentation, imagination and inspiration in the work of UK artist film-makers, recognising individual artist film-makers whose risk-taking work resists boundaries and conventional definition - work that encompasses innovation, excellence and vision.

Jarman2014, of which Film London is a partner, is a year-long celebration of the artist's life, with a range of exhibitions, screenings and retrospectives, readings, commissions and other events across London. It revisits the artist and his work, 20 years after his death from AIDS-related causes.

See the Jarman2014 event schedule

Channel 4: Bringing art to a screen near you

a still from Carlyle's Hands by Emily Wardill

Since its launch in 2008, Film London has partnered with Channel 4 to commission and broadcast new works by the Jarman Award winner, responding to the context of television.

In more recent years shortlisted artists have also received a commission and since its inception in 2011 these films have been produced for Random Acts, the channel's late night short-form arts strand.

Random Acts are three-minute films chosen for their bold and creative expressions of creativity – creating television as art.

Watch the Jarman Award films on BFIplayer

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