Naked Civil Servant, The
Quentin Crisp has been described as one of England's works of art. In this remarkable film based on his autobiography, and featuring an award winning performance by JOHN HURT, the drama of Quentin's youth is recaptured in 1930's England.
In this funny and moving tale, Quentin's experiences are poignantly depicted. It was a world of brutality and comedy, of short-lived jobs and precarious relationships. It was a life he faced with courage, humour and intelligence.
This excellent film was a Prix Italia and Emmy Winner, whilst JOHN HURT'S memorable performance as Quentin Crisp earned him a BAFTA award for Best Actor.
Allen, Peter-The Boy from Oz
The Boy From Oz tells the dazzling, funny and heartbreaking story of the great entertainer Peter Allen, from his humble beginnings growing up in the Australian outback through a meteoric rise to fame as an international star who would go on to sell out week-long shows at Radio City Music Hall.
Singing in pubs at age 11 Peter Allen survived family tragedy to become a local TV star at 16. Discovered by Judy Garland, he married her daughter Liza Minnelli and went on to become a beloved performer and an Oscar winning songwriter.
Narrated by Jack Thompson The Boy From Oz features rare footage of Peter's family, including a family appearance on This Is Your Life.
Performances by: Judy Garland, Liza Minnelli, Bette Midler and interviews with: Harry Connick JR, Lily Tomlin, Julie Wilson, Carole Bayer Sager, Bernadette Peters, Ann-Margret, Lana Cantrell.
My Beautiful Laundrette
Set within the Asian community in London, My Beautiful Laundrette is an unusual love story concerned with identity and entrepreneurial spirit during the Thatcher years.
Omar (Gordon Warnecke) takes over the running of his wheeler-dealer uncle's laundrette with the intention of turning it into a glittering palace of commercial success.
When he employs childhood friend and ex-National Front member Johnny (Daniel Day Lewis) they become lovers as well as working partners. However, complications soon ensue as the anger of Johnny's deserted gang begins to build and Omar is forced to face increasingly difficult family issues.
Written by Hanif Kureishi and skilfully directed by Stephen Frears, My Beautiful Laundrette tackles the difficult issues of racism, sexuality, bigotry, violence and politics in early 80s Britain but still manages to be compassionate, humorous and hugely entertaining.