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On This Day In... 1989

On This Day In... 1989

Derek Jarman at the Venice Festival 1991

A diary entry from the iconoclastic British film director, Derek Jarman whose enigmatic movies such as Edward II, Caravaggio, and Sebastianne, captured gay longing and desire.

"Dinner at Jan's. I asked him which was the 'gayest' section of the orchestra -- he said it was almost unheard of that the brass section should be, as he put it, 'friends of Dorothy'; oboes were so-so; perhaps the pianists.

In one of his newspapers Mr. Maxwell, retired chairman of the National AIDS Foundation, headlined me today as 'AIDS victim to stage Pets'. I mistakenly thought the Mirror a little more responsible than the People; but fact and truthful reporting are always the victims of money.

The night was cold. Walked up to the Heath and chatted to a 'straight' lad from Hackney, who said 'How do you know I'm not a murderer?'

'I don't,' I said. 'I don't really care if you are.'

Home by three.

(Taken from Modern Nature, published by University of Minnesota Press)

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