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Special Screening: ZERO PATIENCE (1993)

Paradise on Bloor
1006 Bloor Street West
Toronto ON M6H1M2


still from Zero Patience (1993, dir. John Greyson)

March 3, 2020

Paradise (1006 Bloor Street West)

6:00 - 8:00 PM

Facebook Event


Archive/Counter-Archive is delighted co-host this special screening of John Greyson's ZERO PATIENCE, presented in partnership with Paradise Cinema's Queerly Beloved series and the Inside Out LGBT Film Festival!

This will be the premiere of a newly restored version of the film. The digital transfer is a result of a collaboration between A/CA, Vtape and the Vulnerable Media Lab at Queen's University.

“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, Greyson 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).

Join us for a Q&A following the film!