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Entertaining Mr Sloane (1970)
Starring Beryl Reid, Harry Andrews, Peter McEnery, Alan Webb
Director: Douglas Hickox
Writers: Clive Exton, Joe Orton (play)
94 minutes
Location: Brockley, London

Beryl Reid in one of her finest roles as Kath, an aging nymphomaniac with a ferociously gay brother (Harry Andrews) who take in Sloane (Peter McEnery), a sexy young chauffeur in tight leathers, turning him into a prisoner of their desires. As Sloane proceeds to manipulate Kath and her brother, he is recognised by ‘The Dadda’ (Alan Webb) as the murderer of his former employer. Arguably Sloane’s finest cast list, Beryl Reid’s performance of Kath is now widely recognised as the definitive performance of that character. She later commented that “Kath was her favourite role of all time and Sloane was her favourite film”. Certificate: 15 (originally X)

Loot (1970)
Starring Richard Attenborough, Lee Remick, Hywel Bennett, Milo O’Shea, Roy Holder and Dick Emery
Director: Silvio Narizzano
Writers: Ray Galton, Joe Orton (play)
101 minutes
Location: Brighton, East Sussex
Starring Leicester’s most famous son, Richard Attenborough fairly crackles with menace and absurdity as a ruthless detective in this modish, brash, exercise in black farce. The film follows the adventures of two pals who pull off a bank robbery and have to hide the loot. One of them works in a funeral parlour and, fortunately, they have a coffin to spare! Lee Remick sparkles as gold – digging nurse McMahon while Dick Emery plays Mr Bateman to perfection. Certificate: 15 (originally X)

Prick Up Your Ears (1987)
Starring Gary Oldman, Alfred Molina, Vanessa Redgrave, Frances Barber and Julie Walters
Director: Stephen Frears
Writers: Alan Bennett, John Lahr (book)
111 minutes

Locations: London (inc. 25 Noel Road, Islington) and Morocco
Directed by one of Leicester’s other glittering talents, Stephen Frear’s version of Alan Bennett’s tragic-comic script concentrates on the closing years of Joe Orton’s 16-year relationship with his lover, Kenneth Halliwell. Gary Oldman and Alfred Molina star in this true story which is based on John Lahr’s best selling biography about Orton and Halliwell and their long-term love affair that ended in both murder and suicide. Told in "sizzling flashbacks and forwards" (Elle), this Golden Globe-nominated "sharp, pithy, exuberant and unflinching film" (The Hollywood Reporter) from director Stephen Frears and writer Alan Bennett "mesmerizes you, holding you in its thrall" (Los Angeles) from first frame to last. Certificate: 15 (originally 18)

Image: Courtesy The Leicester Mercury   Text: Shaun Knapp  

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