The Pink Pimpernel

John Greyson

1989, 32:00 minutes, colour, English


This bi-centennial retelling of the reactionary French Revolution thriller "The Scarlet Pimpernel" features Percy as the penultimate apolitical dandy and his estranged boyfriend Justin, an AIDS activist fighting for the release of treatment drugs. Their dramatic crisis is juxtaposed with interviews with AIDS Action Now members who describe their battle against homophobic governments and profit-hungry pharmaceuticals. Four safer sex commercials referencing works by famous dead artists are interspersed.

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