Prick Up Your Ears


Review: A celebration of playwright Joe Orton and his love affair with Kenneth Halliwell. It concludes with their violent and premature deaths.
Director: Stephen Frears
Actors: Gary Oldman, Alfred Molina, Vanessa Redgrave, Wallace Shawn, Lindsay Duncan, Julie Walters, Frances Barber and Margaret Tyzack
Year: 1987
Genre: Art House, Biography, Comedy, Drama, International and Romance
Conclusion: 4/5
I knew absolutely nothing about Joe Orton before watching this film. This film is really about a marriage between unequal partners. Gary Oldman gives a marvellous performance as Joe Orton. Alan Bennett who wrote the script has put in so many hilarious one liners which gives it a comedic feel to the film. Alfred Molina is also very good as his jealous lover. Vanessa Redgrave’s performance is superb. The director Stephen Frears has gone on to do brilliant films such as The Queen (2006) and Philomena (2013). The interior of the flat that is used is actually the real flat where they both lived (25 Noel Road). The only scene that wasn’t filmed there is the murder scene which was filmed in a studio. Actor Ian McKellen was offered to play the part of Kenneth Halliwell but turned the role down. He has since said that he has lived to regret at decision. At the Cannes Film Festival in 1987 Stanley Myers (composer) won Best Artistic Contribution (unanimously).

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