50 years after the death of its subject, Stephen Frears' rollicking Joe Orton biopic returns to cinemas.
Gary Oldman stars as the controversial playwright and provocateur who rose from working class Leicester lad to the toast of swinging '60s London - not forgetting a brief pit stop in prison - before his promising future was cut short.
Stephen Frears - director of My Beautiful Laundrette and The Queen - created a queer classic with this outrageous biography. Gary Oldman gives a memorable performance in the lead role and receives more than capable support from an all-star British cast that includes Alfred Molina, Vanessa Redgrave and Julie Walters.
Oldman delivers outrageous one-liners and scandalous sexual barbs with a Cheshire cat grin in a film that captures the giddy charm of a true English eccentric and the tragedy of an artist lost in their prime.
Victim is an exposé of London's gay subculture and its associated criminal underworld - shocking on its first release, poignant and powerful today.