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DUNGENESS - home of Derek Jarman ...

29th March, 2017 by Geoff

Dungeness, the headland on the Kent coast, bounded by Romney Marsh to the north and the English Channel to the south and made famous by Derek Jarman, more so than its nuclear power station that creates a blot on an otherwise flat shingle landscape.
Originally the home to several fishing families, today the place is like going to a shanty town in the wild west at the height of the gold rush. In recent years there has been a bit of another rush, that is to buy up the shacks and old railway carriage properties and turn them into bijou residences for those wishing to try and escape the real world.
There are now numerous galleries in sheds, where artists endeavour to sell their work to visitors. This incredible place is now also an acclaimed nature reserve and worth a visit in itself.

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Derek Jarman, film director, designer, artist, author and gardener, lived here in his distinctive black wooden cottage with yellow window frames until his death in 1994, his famed shingle garden made from flotsam and hardy beach growing plants is still a draw for visitors. A truly creative man in the full sense of the word, he led the way in the production of elaborate music videos notably for The Sex Pistols, The Smiths and The Pet Shop Boys, he also directed their 1989 tour. Check out his films and scenic designs for everything from Don Giovanni at the Coliseum to The Devils by Ken Russell and so much more.

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Visit Dungeness and pay homage to him and the environment he spent during the last years of his life.

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