Genius Like Us A Portrait of Joe Orton (1982)

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Documentary portrait of the life of playwright Joe Orton, who was murdered by his lover Kenneth Halliwell in April 1967. Contributors include Orton's sister Leonie, actors Kenneth Williams and Ken Cranham, Orton's agent Margaret Ramsay, publisher Charles Monteith,, director Charles Marowitz and Orton's biographer John Lahr. Incorporates readings of unpublished extracts from Orton's diary and scenes from the film of 'Entertaining Mr Sloane' (1969, qv), the TV productions of 'What the Butler Saw' and 'Ruffian on the Stair' (1973, qv) and specially filmed scenes of 'Loot'.

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