RENAISSANCE WOMAN:

A LOVE LETTER TO TILDA SWINTON

 

Dear Tilda Swinton, we love you. On November 5th the idiosyncratic actrice turns 60 and therefore we will celebrate her birthday and her impressively eccentric career with a curated retrospective of her most mesmerizing performances.

Known throughout Britain and the world for her idiosyncratic and chameleon-like performances, Tilda Swinton is nothing if not one of the most unique actresses to come along during the second half of the 20th century. In 1985, Swinton began her long collaboration with influential director Derek Jarman, both as a friend and fellow artist. She made her screen debut in his Caravaggio (1986) and appeared in every one of the director’s films until his death from AIDS in 1994. Her association with Jarman seems to have been the starting point of an impressive career in which she chooses her parts with great care, never one to choose films for their simplicity or mainstream appeal. Apart from accolades like her Oscar win for 2007’s legal thriller Michael Clayton, Swinton has collaborated with various acclaimed ‘auteurs’ such as Wes Anderson, Luca Guadagnino, Sally Potter, Lynne Ramsay, the Coen Brothers and Jim Jarmusch.