Today’s recommendation is a new book in which the great and the good of British cinema fondly remember filmmaker DEREK JARMAN. The above photo is a spread from the volume that – after an affectionate foreword by the actress TILDA SWINTON – mostly comprises previously unpublished pages from the sketch- and scrapbooks that JARMAN kept during the planning of his groundbreaking cinematic productions, which included SEBASTIANE, a raunchy Latin-language depiction of homosexual ecstasy in the Roman cavalry. The collection reveals JARMAN to have been a meticulous and methodical man with a most excellent sense of humour. He would take and store POLAROID photographs of his prospective actors, many of them handsome youngsters who have since gone on to become respected ‘names’, and he rendered set designs in exquisite detail. JARMAN’s work may be legendary, but it wasn’t always profitable. £10 was the total fee that the down-on-his-luck director received for helming 1989’s WAR REQUIEM, and a note to that value accompanies the album relating to that production. By contrast, this new book titled ‘Derek Jarman’s Sketchbooks’ is available for the price of £28 or approximately €33.