Monday, September 16, 2013

The Naked Civil Servant

1975 Television Movie

Cast: John Hurt, John Rhys-Davies, Roger Lloyd Pack, Stephen Johnstone, Antonia Pemberton, Lloyd Lamble, Joan Ryan, Shane Briant, Adrian Shergold and Derek West
Director: Jack Gold
Writer: Philip Mackie, based on the autobiography by Quentin Crisp

The life and times, from childhood to middle age, of flamboyant performer, pop-culture personality and gay icon Quentin Crisp.



  • DVD: Available
  • Book: Available

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  • BAFTA TV Award for Best Actor (Hurt); also nominated for Best Single Play.

  • Quentin Crisp's autobiography The Naked Civil Servant began as a 1964 radio interview, which attracted enough interest that it was then published in 1968. The book became a success only after the television adaptation was broadcast.
  • The title comes from Quentin Crisp's quip about being a nude art model: models are employed by schools and are ultimately paid by the Department for Education, so they are essentially civil employees who are naked during office hours. During the filming, John Hurt realized he had painted Crisp when he modeled at the art school that Hurt attended.
  • Quentin Crisp appears as himself in the introduction to the film.
  • Originally aired on the British television channel ITV.
  • In 2000, The Naked Civil Servant ranked #4 on the British Film Institute's list of the top 100 British television programs of the the 20th century.

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