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The Derek Jarman Lab

The Derek Jarman Lab is the media hub at Birkbeck offering filmmaking training, support and facilities to its postgraduate students. The practical skills we teach are complemented by media theory insights and multidisciplinary collaboration. The Lab is also active in organizing events, producing films and encouraging moving image research.

The Derek Jarman Lab is part of the Birkbeck Institute and is chaired by Colin MacCabe. We are also supported by the University of Pittsburgh.

Our first feature-length documentary, The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger, premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in February 2016. Go to for details.

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