Queerly Beloved: Zero Patience
“Juggling MTV-style numbers, intellectual in-jokes and very sexual politics,” (Variety), Zero Patience examines and refutes the urban legend of the alleged introduction of HIV to North America by a single individual. With defiant use of camp, melodrama and song, Canadian filmmaker John Greyson (Lilies) makes clear the ridiculous and paranoid story of “Patient Zero.” The musical tells its story against the backdrop of a romance between a time-displaced Sir Richard Francis Burton and the ghost of “Zero” (the character is not identified by Gaëtan Dugas’s name). Paradise is proud to premiere this newly restored version of the film.
Director John Greyson will be present for a Q&A following the film.
Co-presented by AIDS Action Now!, Vtape Distribution, Archive/Counter Archive, and the Vulnerable Media Lab.
Queerly Beloved is presented in partnership with Paradise.
- “Forms a conga line into the heart of AIDS myths and refuses to go gentle into that good night.” Austin Chronicle
- “Inverting popular wisdom, the movie offers a sassy commentary on the epidemic of blame.” Time Out London
- “If silence equals death, Zero Patience is not about to succumb anytime soon.” – Washington Post