PRICK UP YOUR EARS (May 1985) Revised film script


A screenplay drawn from the book by John Lahr by Alan Bennett. Vintage original film script, quarto. Printed wrappers of Samuel Goldwyn Company (the film’s US distributor), brad bound, 135 pp., there are a few ink scribbles on front cover, basically JUST ABOUT FINE in VERY GOOD+ wrappers. Autographed on title page by screenwriter Alan Bennett.

This biography of Joe Orton was ultimately released in the US on May 8, 1987, with a superb cast headed by Gary Oldman as Orton and Alfred Molina as Kenneth Halliwell, and directed by Stephen Frears (for whom this was not to be the only cinematic venture into LGBTQ cinema — he previously directed MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDRETTE and later helmed THE CRYING GAME…) Benshoff and Griffin, pp. 193-4.

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