This film tells the story of Joe Orton’s success as a playwright in the 60s and the effect of that on his relationship with Kenneth Halliwell, his lover. It is based on an acclaimed biography by John Lahr.
Orton scandalized playgoers with “Loot” and “Entertaining Mr. Sloane,” darkly comic dissections of the English class system that helped usher in a new era of permissiveness in popular culture. But his reign was short-lived. In 1967, the 34-year old Orton was bludgeoned to death by Halliwell. Halliwell then committed suicide after washing down 22 Nembutal tablets with grapefruit juice.
There are two career-changing performances from Alfred Molina and Gary Oldman, who has just picked up a BAFTA and an Oscar for his performance as Churchill in The Darkest Hour.
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