Caravaggio 1986

Directed by Derek Jarman.

The film is a fictionalised re-telling of the life of Baroque painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio. It was Jarman’s first project with Tilda Swinton and was also her first film role. The cook Jennifer Paterson was an extra. The production designer was Christopher Hobbs who was also responsible for the copies of Caravaggio paintings seen in the film. The film was entered into the 36th Berlin International Film Festival where it won the Silver Bear for an outstanding single achievement.