A revival of interest in the life of Quentin Crisp appears to be underway. The latest sign is at the Berlin International Film Festival, also known as Berlinale, where a film about the English gay writer's later years in New York will premiere.

The February 7 Berlinale premiere of An Englishman In New York follows close on the heels of the London revival of Resident Alien, the play based on the life of Crisp.

The movie focuses on Crisp's later years; his ascension into New York society where he was lauded for his flamboyance. It is a follow-up to the British television movie The Naked Civil Servant. In that 1975 movie, John Hurt played a younger Crisp, a role he reprises in Englishman.

The movie also stars Sex In The City star Cynthia Nixon. The openly lesbian Nixon plays the role of Penny Arcade, a close friend of Crisp in his latter years. The playwright/performance artist helped create the performance piece The Last Will and Testament of Quentin Crisp.

The movie was filmed in Crisp's adopted home of New York City. “There is a real buzz about the project in Manhattan as Quentin was a much loved and notorious figure – everyone has a anecdote to tell about him,” Executive Producer James Burstall said. “And we've been touched by the number of friends and admirers of his (some of whom he never knew) who have wanted to help with the project in a myriad of different ways.”

Crisp, the gay icon who enjoying stumping everybody, joked that AIDS was just “a fad” and homosexuality “a terrible disease.” He died in 1999, nearly one month before his 91st birthday.

In addition to the Richard Laxton directed and Brian Fillis written Englishman, Berlinale will screen the 1975 prequel The Naked Civil Servant, and director Jonathan Nossiter's 1990 biopic Resident Alien.