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Prick Up Your Ears, BFI
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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:

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I've had this on DVD for a while now. It's the first thing I saw Gary Oldman in and I've been a huge fan of his ever since. He's incredible in this.

It would be fascinating to know where Joe Orton's writing would have taken him if he'd lived.

Joe Orton's play "Entertaining Mr Sloane" is one of my favourites.

I am going to see Joe Orton's "What the Butler Saw" this Friday.

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