❉ New Restoration in Hi-Def with Special Cinema Screening on 28th May.
Originally broadcast on British TV in 1976, The Naked Civil Servant was the compelling drama that won John Hurt his first Best Actor BAFTA, it tells the remarkable true story of Quentin Crisp, whose best-selling autobiography of the same name forms the basis for Philip Mackie’s script for this highly acclaimed drama. BAFTA-nominated for best Single TV Drama and winning the prestigious Prix Italia Award, The Naked Civil Servant provided John Hurt with a career-defining performance and it gave Quentin a celebrity status that saw him perform one-man shows and take small acting roles including Sally Potter’s Orlando (1992). He died in 1999.
Executive produced by Verity Lambert (Doctor Who) and directed by Jack Gold, there are early roles for Roger Lloyd-Pack (Only Fools and Horses), John Rhys-Davies (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) and Patricia Hodge (Rumpole of the Bailey, Miranda). Voted fourth in BFI’s Top 100 TV programmes of 20th Century, the film has been fully restored in high-definition from the original film elements and still retains its power and social relevance, particularly in the year that commemorates the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act.
It remains one of the most significant LGBT dramas of all time as well as a fitting tribute to a much loved actor.
DVD/Blu-Ray Extras include:
❉ Commentary With John Hurt, Verity Lambert and Jack Gold; ‘Making Of’ documentary; ‘Seven Men: Quentin Crisp a Granada TV profile from 1971; Mavis Catches Up With Quentin Crisp – interview from 1979; image gallery; Philip Mackie’s script (PDF).
❉ Released by Network. Available on BluRay/ DVD on 5th June, RRP £14.99/£12.99. Running time: 78 mins + extras, Picture ratio: 1:33:1. www.networkonair.com
❉ The Naked Civil Servant is receiving a special cinema screening on 28 May at a number of selected venues nationwide part of Picturehouse Cinemas’ Criminal Acts season.
❉ News source: Paul Smith PR
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