This film is the story of the spectacular life and violent death of British playwright Joe Orton. In his teens, Orton is befriended by the older, more reserved Kenneth Halliwell, and while the two begin a relationship, it’s fairly obvious that it’s not all about sex.
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An effective, if unexpected, collision of writing styles: subject Joe Orton's baroque sexual satires should in theory jar sharply with scriptwriter Alan Bennett’s observational domestic style. However it all works a treat drawing out the small details in Orton’s upbringing and later home life with his lover, Kenneth Halliwell, contrasting against his more broadly drawn art-mirroring-life sexual adventures.