Derek Jarman's 1979 version of Shakespeare's final play is suitably 'camp' and 'punk', starring Toyah Willcox and Heathcote Williams, and culminating in Elisabeth Welch singing "Stormy Weather" to a bunch of jolly sailors. It's visually flamboyant and wants badly to be sexy, but it's aged dreadfully, and its shock tactics seem a bit silly now.

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The Tempest

Derek Jarman’s 1979 version of Shakespeare’s final play is suitably ‘camp’ and ‘punk’, starring Toyah Willcox and Heathcote Williams, and culminating in Elisabeth Welch singing “Stormy Weather” to a bunch of jolly sailors. It’s visually flamboyant and wants badly to be sexy, but it’s aged dreadfully, and its shock tactics seem a bit silly now.