In 1986 Derek Jarman started filming THE LAST OF ENGLAND, one of his most original and innovative films. It is also his most personal work the one with the strongest autobiographical content. Shortly after the filming began, Derek Jarman started work on this book which contains diary entries, interviews and notes from the script. Jarman writes of his extraordianary childhood and his kleptomaniac father; the process through which he came to terms with his sexuality; his early work as painter and designer; and finally his debut as a film director. Throughout, however, the reader will follow Jarman at his most serious as he writes of the corruption of the cinema industry, of the moral and personal consequences of the AIDS virus, and his perception of the down side of Thatcher's Britain.