Year: 1987
UK: Park Circus
Cast: Gary Oldman, Alfred Molina, Vanessa Redgrave, Frances Barber, Janet Dale, Julie Walters, Bert Parnaby, Margaret Tyzack, Lindsay Duncan, Wallace Shawn
Director: Stephen Frears
Country: UK
UK: 110 mins
UK Certificate: 15 contains strong language and sex references
UK Release Date: 6 April 2007 (Limited Re-release - London, ICA)
UK Distributor


The film is a celebration, even in tragedy, of outrageous British playwright Joe Orton's irreverent and charismatic talent, starring Gary Oldman as Orton and Alfred Molina as his lover, Kenneth Halliwell.

It is the controversial story of one of the young Turks of the 1960s - from working class boy to national celebrity, from sexual innocent to grinning satyr, from penniless student to peer of the Beatles and icon of London's swinging sixties. Orton made his success by mocking the rules of the establishment and lived his life ignoring them. But it is also the story of an unconventional 'marriage' founded in love, lived as a farce and concluded in fateful and all-consuming jealousy.

2007 also marks the 40th anniversary of Orton's death.

PRICK UP YOUR EARS, directed by Stephen Frears and starring Gary Oldman, Alfred Molina and Vanessa Redgrave will be opening at the ICA, London and key cities from 6 April. The film has been digitally restored and remastered and will be screened via digital cinema and brand new 35mm prints