Blu-Ray Rating: ***1/2

Reviewed by: Jennie Kermode

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Out on Blu-ray at the same time as the film adaptation of earlier Joe Orton play Entertaining Mr Sloane, Loot has split two interviews with it. Leonie Orton talks about how she continued to correspond with her brother after he left home, and shares her impressions of his partner and eventual killer, Kenneth Halliwell. John Lahr talks about the latter part of the playwright's career, the impact that fame had on him, and his unrealised ambitions. Both these pieces stand on their own and contain material never before discussed.

In addition to these interviews, there's a section of the Eamonn Andrews Show on which a curiously well behaved Joe Orton discusses Loot and his arrest for defacing . It's lent social context by the other guests, with additional discussion covering the necessity (or otherwise) or marriage and including a rather disturbing comment on domestic violence which neatly sums up the kind of hypocrisy frequently tgeted in Orton's work.

Copy picture Reviewed on: 14 Sep 2017
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Two young men rob a bank and hide the money in the coffin of one's recently deceased mother, but the police are on their trail.

Product Code: B0719R6NDC

Region: 2

Extras: Leonie Orton: Remembering Joe; John Lahr on Joe Orton; Joe Orton on the Eamonn Andrews Show; stills gallery

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