The Victorian Sex Explorer
Produced by the award winning independent production company Blast! Films for Channel 4, Past Preservers was responsible for production consulting, provided location scouting and on camera interview subjects and was a partner in the production, research, and shooting of the Cairo portion of the program.
Actor and writer Rupert Everett takes a revealing and witty journey retracing the steps of one of his great heroes – the infamous Victorian explorer and sexual whirlwind, Sir Richard Burton.
Everett’s latter-day journey takes him from Bombay’s brothels to the dancing girls of Egypt, along the way taking in Turkish baths and nunneries, meeting Eunuchs and Sufis. Through these exotic social and sexual worlds Everett discovers some common ground with Burton, both as a writer and explorer of sexual and personal identity.