GenreBiography, Drama Duration CountryUnited Kingdom
Release dateVenice Biennale, June 1993, Edinburgh International Film Festival, August 1993, 3 October 1993
(New York Film Festival) Music directorSimon Fisher Turner, John Balance, Peter Christopherson, Erik Satie, Karol Szymanowski, Momus CastJohn Quentin, Nigel Terry, Derek Jarman, Tilda Swinton Similar moviesPhiladelphia, Sexual Chronicles of a French Family, Saved!, C.R.A.Z.Y., Steam: The Turkish Bath, The Hours
Blue is the twelfth and final feature film by director Derek Jarman, released four months before his death from AIDS-related complications. Such complications had already rendered him partially blind at the time of the film's release.
The film was his last testament as a film-maker, and consists of a single shot of saturated blue colour filling the screen, as background to a soundtrack where Jarman's and some of his favourite actors' narration describes his life and vision.
On its premiere, on 19 September 1993, Channel 4 and BBC Radio 3 collaborated on a simultaneous broadcast so viewers could enjoy a stereo soundtrack. Radio 3 subsequently broadcast the soundtrack separately as a radio play and it was later released as a CD.
The film has been released on DVD in Germany and in Italy. On 23 July 2007 British distributor Artificial Eye released DVD tying Blue together with Glitterbug, a collage of Jarman's Super 8 footage.
Cinematographer Christopher Doyle has called Blue one of his favourite films, calling it "one of the most intimate films I've ever seen."