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Killing Patient Zero

2020 / Subtitles available

Bonus Content Included

Directed by: Laurie Lynd

When a new, deadly virus spreads across North America at an alarming rate, one man is singled out for bringing the disease to the continent. Spanning the 1970s until today, the story of Gaétan Dugas – aka ‘Patient Zero’ – serves as the perfect microcosm of the evolution of AIDS in America and the country’s response to it.

Bonus Content Included

The film also includes the exclusive Q&A with director Laurie Lynd.

What we love about this film

Over the last few years, there have been a host of enlightening pieces of art set around the beginning of the AIDS crisis - It's A Sin, 120 BPM and Pride to name a few! Killing Patient Zero takes us back to the 1970s with testimonies from people who lived through that time, and emotionally dispels the reprehensible contemporary attitudes towards the supposed 'Patient Zero' of the AIDS crisis, Gaetan Dugas. We will always recommend a documentary that educates us on the unsung changemakers of what have been forced - through bigoted attitudes widespread misinformation and stigma - to become political movements.

Awards and festivals

In the press

"The doc presents a deeply personal portrait of Dugas, featuring affectionate reminiscences from several of his friends, colleagues and lovers."

Frank Scheck

The Hollywood Reporter

"Riveting throughout, Killing Patient Zero uses a traditional documentary structure, combining talking head interviews with archive video, audio and photographs to impressive effect."

James Kleinmann

The Queer Review

"The interviewees of Killing Patient Zero share some wonderful and heartbreaking coming out stories and tales of finding relief in the ability to live without feeling like they’re hiding."

Pat Mullen

POV Magazine

What’s the buzz?

2 years ago

Killing Patient Zero | Kate Ingram

I was blown away by this powerful documentary. It’s such an important piece of history and it’s fantastic that it’s documented in this wonderful piece of film making. Everyone should watch it! I was lucky enough to attend the Q&A on the Bohemia Euphoria VOD platform with the Director, Laurie Lynd. He is such a […]

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2 years ago

Killing Patient Zero | Miranda Fleming

I didn’t know the full story of Gaetan Dugas before I watched this documentary. The film and it’s archive brought back so many memories of being a teenager when the AIDS virus broke out – and the terror we grew up with around the news of the virus and the sadness of having friends and […]

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2 years ago

Killing Patient Zero | Miranda Fleming

This brought back so many memories of the 80’s when AIDS first came into our lives and affected so many friends. I had never heard of Gaetan Dugas and found his story fascinating and tragic.

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2 years ago

Killing Patient Zero | Lucy Fenton

Moving, heartbreaking but ultimately uplifting.

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