Birmingham LGBT History Month: The Naked Civil Servant 15

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A rare screening of the Emmy award winning film based on Quentin Crisp's much celebrated coming-of-age memoir The Naked Civil Servant.

Spanning the life and times of the author from the 1930s-1970s, Quentin Crisp, a self-described flamboyant homosexual (played in a BAFTA winning performance by John Hurt) The Naked Civil Servant depicts a man struggling to live an openly gay, flamboyant lifestyle during a time when homosexuality was against the law in Britain. 

Crisp's outlandish behavior shocked the intolerant pre-WWII British society and provoked frequent homophobic attacks, but Crisp staunchly refused to compromise his lifestyle and went on to become a cult celebrity and controvsial gay figure described by some as 'a 20th-Century Oscar Wilde' and others as 'self-hating, arrogant, homophobic gadfly' (Peter Tatchell, The Independant).

This screening will include an introductory talk from Michele Aaron on the life and legacy of Quentin Crisp, and will be followed by a Q&A where Michele will be joined by artist Trevor Pitt discussing his meetings with Crisp in New York in the 90s.

Michele Aaron, from B-Film, the Centre for Film studies at the University of Birmingham, has published widely on queer film and television.

Trevor Pitt is an artist and curator based in Birmingham. He is the director A3 Project Space in Birmingham.

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