AN ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK: John Hurt Returns As Quentin Crisp

UPDATE 1.09.08

More images of John Hurt as Quentin Crisp filming on location in New York have been emerging. Thanks to and Splash Pictures/A, Macpherson for those. Apparently the old Cheyenne Diner, on 33rd and 9th, has been temporarily resurrected for the film. They've even got period cars with 1980s number plates placed in the location. Hurt's sporting a bright purple and velvet jacket combo in this picture.

There's also an ITV Press Centre press release here:An Englishman In New York Goes Into Production

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Filming is currently underway for a sequel to the legendary Thames adaptation of Quentin Crisp's memoir The Naked Civil Servant.

An Englishman In New York
, written by Brian Fillis (Fear Of Fanny and The Curse Of Steptoe) commenced shooting on the 18th August. Directed by Richard Laxton (Hancock And Joan), the production also sees John Hurt reprise one of his career defining roles, Quentin Crisp. In preparation, Hurt has shaved his head and beard and has been working with the very same wig designer who recreated Quentin's look for the 1975 production of The Naked Civil Servant. By the looks of things, Hurt is well on the way to bringing Quentin back to life for the 90 minute film that will be transmitted by ITV in 2009.

The film is a Leopard Films production and their press release outlines how An Englishman In New York picks up Quentin's story, “New Yorkers immediately embrace Quentin and his witty waspish ways, and before long he is being wined and dined by celebrities in every corner of Manhattan. . . . A shining light of the chattering classes, Quentin befriends Patrick, a young artist who opens his eyes to the possibility that intimate human relationships—something Quentin has spent his life running away from—can work. But, as is so often the case with the maverick gay writer, Quentin cannot help but shock and, at a public event, he quips that the burgeoning AIDS crisis is “a fad”. Quentin is suddenly dropped from high society. . . . Then, out of the blue, he is rediscovered by English pop star Sting and immortalized in Sting’s famous song “An Englishman in New York”. Could this be the start of Quentin’s revival?”

It was also recently announced that Sex And The City's Cynthia Nixon has joined the cast to play Penny Arcade, the performance artist and playwright who formed a close bond with Crisp in his latter years. The two created the long-running performance/interview piece, The Last Will and Testament of Quentin Crisp.

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4 Responses to “AN ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK: John Hurt Returns As Quentin Crisp”
  1. Anonymous says:

    To learn more about Quentin Crisp and updates on An Englishman in New York, you may want to visit The Quentin Crisp Archives at OR

  2. FRANK says:

    I shall be adding either of those to the blog roll in due course. Keen to keep track of the filming on this one.


  3. Dave Webb says:

    This is interesting news to me. I'll have to keep an eye on this, John Hurt is a favourite actor and Quentin Crisp is one of my heroes.

  4. FRANK says:

    Indeed, Dave. The original Thames adaptation of 'The Naked Civil Servant' was not only one of greatest TV plays ever made but was for me personally a very formative experience.

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