Q-Film Weekender: Prick Up Your Ears

1987| 15| 110 mins| /

Screening Dates:
Fri 20 October 6:30pm

Dir: Stephen Frears
Cast: Gary Oldman, Alfred Molina, Vanessa Redgrave

This film was chosen by and will be introduced in the Filmhouse by British artist Scottee.

Stephen Frears’ biopic portrays the spectacular life of British playwright Joe Orton (Gary Oldman), tracing his tempestuous relationship with Kenneth Halliwell (Alfred Molina) from their meeting at RADA to Orton’s violent murder aged 34. Re-released to mark 50 years since Orton’s death, the film also stars Julie Walters, Wallace Shawn and Vanessa Redgrave.

Islington, London, 1967, a small flat – it’s five o’clock, it’s a quarter past five. An argument is brewing. Kenneth Halliwell is anxiously waiting the return of Joe Orton who strolls in late, in an outlandish new coat. Joe is riding high: his new play Loot is a sell-out, he’s just sold the film rights and he’s getting offers everywhere. Kenneth is deeply unhappy, struggling to sell collages to friends and bitterly identifying as his lover’s “personal assistant.”

Kenneth’s evening of indignity at his exhibition opening is another chapter in an increasingly dysfunctional relationship with Orton – a once loving union of partners in crime, now a sham marriage simmering with toxic jealousy and unhealthy dependency. As Halliwell’s misery intensifies, Orton’s successes multiply – their bond further distorts and Halliwell decides to take drastic action.

SCREENING AS PART OF OUR Q-FILM WEEKENDER FROM FRI 20 – SUN 22 OCTOBER
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