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Cut and pasted from the BFI website:
Prick Up Your Ears
Starring Gary Oldman, Alfred Molina and Vanessa Redgrave
Directed by Stephen Frears
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.
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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: