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Movie Version Of Joe Orton's PRICK UP YOUR EARS Back On Screen This Summer In The UK - Movies In Focus
2017 celebrates 5o years since the death of infamous Leicester-born playwright Joe Orton. In fact, 2017 is the year of Orton as Nottingham’s National Justice Museum will also be launching a Joe Orton exhibition this summer following a hugely successful Art Happens crowdfunding campaign (learn more about that here). Park Circus is set to re-release Stephen Frears’ Joe Orton biopic Prick Up Your Ears in the UK and Ireland from 4 August. The film sees Gary Oldman star as the provocative playwright, who went from working class Leicester lad, to the toast of London’s swinging art scene in the 1960s. The film is a bold portrait of Joe Orton who was openly gay at a time when homosexuality was still illegal. With Vanessa Redgrave, Julie Walters and Alfred Molina in supporting roles, Gary Oldman captures the true spirit and charm of this celebrated playwright and English eccentric – who tragically suffered a shocking and sudden death in 1967. Co-written by Alan Bennett, Prick up Your Ears uncovers the 16-year relationship between the highly talented but selfish Joe Orton, author of hit farces such as Loot and What the Butler Saw, and his highly neurotic and underachieving lover Keith Halliwell. Halliwell introduces [...]