Rakshita (Raks) Patel (rakspatel) wrote in mycroft_brolly,
Rakshita (Raks) Patel

Prick Up Your Ears, BFI

Photo credit: http://dasfilmblog.blogspot.co.uk/2010/11/review-prick-up-your-ears.html

Cut and pasted from the BFI website:

Prick Up Your Ears
Starring Gary Oldman, Alfred Molina and Vanessa Redgrave
Directed by Stephen Frears
Year: 1987

Alan Bennett adapts John Lahr's biography of Joe Orton - playwright, serial cottager and celebrity.

Oldman's spellbinding performance as Joe Orton - playwright, serial cottager and celebrity - was supported by Alfred Molina in a selfless performance as possessive lover Keith Halliwell. Based on John Lahr's biography, adapted by Alan Bennett, this is a film with a cast of genius that resonates with exuberance and sadness. Vanessa Redgrave is the deliciously dotty Peggy Ramsay, and Frances Barber is Joe's long-suffering sister. Essential gay history and great entertainment. One of Frears' finest.

Follow the link for the full production information and to buy tickets:

Raks's Reaction

I know the story of Joe Orton's life (I saw a BBC drama about it in my youth) but today was the first time I have seen this film. I absolutely loved it! It was truly exceptional. Gripping from start to finish. Very very very highly recommended.

It gave a real sense and flavour of the time and place ie London in the 60s and what it was like to be a gay man at a time when homosexuality was illegal and cottaging was rife in a pre-AIDS era.

Couple of choice lines from the film:
"They are homosexuals you know". "In Islington?"!
"Islington is on the up. The pub does salads"!

The final screening at the BFI is on Saturday 21 July at 6.15pm - Go see!

If you can't get to the screening you can buy the DVD from Amazon for under £5:

Tags: bfi, big society, film, lgbt, politics
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