Naked Civil Servant: Long before it was fashionable, Englishman Quentin Crisp came out of the closet. The Naked Civil Servant is an award-winning biographical film based on the life of the late Quentin Crisp. Crisp introduces the film, a funny and moving story of his constant battle from the 1930s onwards to express his outrageous brand of homosexuality openly through years of intolerance and even violence. John Hurt is brilliant in the lead role.
My Beautiful Laundrette: MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDRETTE is a highly acclaimed and beautifully rendered portrait of two boyhood friends struggling to survive in racially tense Thatcher-era Britain. Omar, a gay Pakistani boy living in London with his alcoholic father, lifts a chunk of drug money from another Pakistani and, with his school chum Johnny, decides to renovate a grungy laundrette. Featuring seething dialogue and visually stunning camera work, the film explores the world of modern Pakistanis trapped between two cultures in Thatcher's Britain and their white working class counterparts with no future in their own country. Directed by renowned English filmmaker Stephen Frears (DIRTY PRETTY THINGS), written by Hanif Kureishi and featuring a star-making performance from a then-virtually unknown Daniel Day-Lewis, MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDRETTE stands as one of the best British films of the 1980s.
Peter Allen: Boy From Oz: Flamboyant performer and introspective songwriter Peter Allen had a meteoric run on the world stage. He packed houses all over the world and wrote some of the most enduring ballads of the 1970s and 80s including career-making hits for Olivia Newton-John ( I Honestly Love You ) and Melissa Manchester ( Don't Cry Out Loud ) before succumbing to AIDS in 1992. This documentary produced by Ben Gannon, co-creator of the Tony®-winning musical The Boy From Oz tells the story through Allen's own words and interviews with his family, friends, and famous colleagues, such as Carole Bayer Sager, Bernadette Peters, Lily Tomlin, and Ann-Margret. Among the highlights is a rare clip of Allen in an appearance with his mentor Judy Garland and then future-wife Liza Minelli. But best of all, the film is packed with footage of Allen performing his signature songs, including the joyous I Go to Rio, the Oscar®-winning Best That You Can Do from the movie Arthur, and the movingly autobiographical Tenterfield Saddler.
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