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Toyah Willcox and Islington Council commemorate Derek Jarman at his old flat in Liverpool Road

PUBLISHED: 08:32 02 February 2018 | UPDATED: 08:33 02 February 2018

Toyah Willcox and mayor of Islington Cllr Una O'Halloran unveil a plaque for Derek Jarman at 60, Liverpool Road. Picture: Islington Council

Toyah Willcox and mayor of Islington Cllr Una O'Halloran unveil a plaque for Derek Jarman at 60, Liverpool Road. Picture: Islington Council

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Much-loved artist, film director and LGBT activist Derek Jarman has been commemorated at his old flat in 60, Liverpool Road.

Toyah Willcox and mayor of Islington Cllr Una O'Halloran unveil a plaque for Derek Jarman at 60, Liverpool Road. Picture: Islington CouncilToyah Willcox and mayor of Islington Cllr Una O'Halloran unveil a plaque for Derek Jarman at 60, Liverpool Road. Picture: Islington Council

Mr Jarman, who died in 1994, was renowned for directing films such as Sebastiane (1976). He was also instrumental in the campaign to lower the age of consent for homosexuals, and esteemed for speaking so openly about being HIV-positive.

He lived at number 60 between 1967 and 1969 in a top floor studio. It was here where he worked on artwork and costumes for Sadler’s Wells Opera’s production of Don Giovanni in 1968.

Yesterday, Islington Council held a plaque ceremony commemorating his time there to coincide with the start of LGBT month. It was unveiled by actress and singer Toyah Willcox, a friend of Mr Jarman’s who worked with him on the film Jubilee (1978).

Neil McKenna, is friend and fellow activist, said: “Derek’s heroism, his courage and intellectual precociousness was matched by a personality of enormous charm. He was more interested in other people than in himself. He brought the best out of people.”

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