Delphinium is a stylized and lyrical coming-of-age portrait of Derek Jarman’s artistic, sexual, and political awakening in post-War England. Part biographical narrative, part experimental collage, part personal meditation on the most controversial and important modern British artist and activist, the film finds in Jarman’s childhood the stirrings of creative and individual epiphany that inspired a remarkable life.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:
Matthew Mishory is a filmmaker and writer based in Los Angeles. He studied film theory and screenwriting at the University of California,Santa Barbara, where he was a Regent Scholar and Golden Reel Award recipient. His writings on film criticism and international cinema history have been published in the Focus Media Journal, housed at MOMA in New York City, and in Glitterati Magazine.His short film Nick and Kate screened in competition at Filminute 2008, one of twenty-five selections culled from a field of nearly two thousand by a jury that included two-time Oscar winner Paul Haggis and top German film critic Andrea Dittgen. He recently collaborated with television star Erin Daniels on the film Sunday Afternoons and directed the commissioned activist piece The Marionettes, shot entirely with miniatures.His current film, the short format Delphinium: A Childhood Portrait of Derek Jarman, is the result of his long-time fascination with the work and life of legendary iconoclast Derek Jarman. The film was shot in Los Angeles, across London, and at Jarman's Prospect Cottage estate in Dungeness, Kent. It begins its international festival run fall 2009 with European premieres at the Raindance Film Festival in London, the Reykjavik International Film Festival in Iceland, and the Oslo IGLFF in Norway, among many others.In September 2009, Matthew traveled to Iceland, where he was invited to participate in the RIFF Transatlantic Talent Laboratory, a program held in conjunction with the film festival and intended for young filmmakers preparing to direct a first feature film. Master class teachers included Cannes award winners Giorgos Lanthimos, Jessica Hausner, and Joao Pedro Rodrigues, and Oscar nominee Fridrik Por Fridriksson.Matthew’s next projects are the short format Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean and the feature film Portland, starring Jonathan Caouette (Tarnation), Erin Daniels (“The L Word”), Steven Martini (Lymelife),and Alex Schemmer. It was set to be the late screen legend David Carradine's next film. Matthew is also attached to direct the political documentary, A Non-Issue?.Matthew often collaborates with and has been photographed by London-based cinematographer and photo-artist Lili Wilde. Bringing a stylized avant-garde sensibility to narrative filmmaking, he works primarily in mixed media, combining saturated super8, 16mm, and painterly high-definition video.