The unforgettable Quentin Crisp was truly a renaissance man of our time: Artist, actor, author, poet, storyteller, humorist, courageous champion of individuality, he saw the uniqueness in each person and encouraged us all to celebrate it.  His legacy serves as an inspiration to all who dare to live authentic lives!

"You first have to find who you are. 
 Then, you have to be it like mad."
                                                             -Quentin Crisp


Atlanta filmmakers Cheryl Whitestone and Diana Cardea present their historic conversation with the inimitable Quentin Crisp -which was filmed in July of 1999, 4 months before his death.  This “forgotten” interview was recently uncovered and edited together with some rare performance sequences from the final USA tour of his long-running, one-man show, "An Evening with Quentin Crisp." 

Their finished project, “Quentin Crisp: Final Encore” is 45 minutes of remarkable, never-before-seen footage where Mr. Crisp reveals many facets of his life never disclosed on camera. 

Because of the content of the dialogue, coupled with the filmmakers’ distinctive presentation style, you will experience Quentin Crisp as if you were conversing with him in your own living room!

Topics covered in this unique production include: Identity, Style, Prejudice, His Early Life, Diet, Housekeeping, Music, US vs. UK, Love, People, Fear, God, Death and Immortality.

The film remains as one of Crisp's last known, most extensive on-camera interviews and is destined to become a definitive document on the life of this celebrated author, artist, performer and, above all, courageous human being.


Quentin Crisp fought for human rights decades before it became politically correct.  With his red-hennaed hair and blatant use of makeup, he was flamboyantly gay and gender-variant in a time and place when homosexuality was condemned and criminalized - and he was violently persecuted for it.  Despite the almost daily onslaughts of anti-gay violence and intolerance, he held onto his true identity.

Eventually, he became “notorious” worldwide for his caustic wit and unique observations of the world around him:  “Never keep up with the Joneses – drag them down to your level.”  he’d exclaim.  “It’s cheaper!”   Ten years after his death, Kathleen Egan in the New York Times fittingly dubbed him, “an anarchist armed with a compact!”

He first acquired fame in 1968 with his ground-breaking autobiography, “The Naked Civil Servant” - one of the first accounts of an openly gay life.  When the book was made into a 1975 movie starring John Hurt, Quentin Crisp became an international celebrity and soon after emigrated to the US, choosing to live in NYC – his real  true love. “When I saw Manhattan, I wanted it,” he said.  His 1996 follow-up memoir, “Resident Alien: The New York Diaries,” became the 2009 TV film, “An Englishman in New York” with Mr. Hurt reprising his role as Quentin Crisp, and Sting writing and performing the signature song.

Crisp had begun his successful, long-running, one-man, stage performance, “An Evening with Quentin Crisp” back in 1976 at the age of 68, and won a special Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience. Then, on the final tour of this acclaimed one-man show, he died of a heart attack in Manchester, England on November 21, 1999, shortly before his 91st birthday.

In his lifetime, Quentin Crisp authored 15 books and appeared in over 50 films. His hobby was people; his gift to the world was himself. You can almost hear the elegant gentleman, as he emphatically states, “I am NOT famous, I am NOTORIOUS. And if I am rich, it is because I have taken my wages in people.”



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