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03 August, 2017 — By Dan Carrier

Lawrence of Arabia

PARK Circus is the Glaswegian-based film firm that specialises in buying the distribution rights for classics, digitalising or cleaning up the prints and then giving them a well-deserved cinematic rerun (as well as flogging them for us to watch at home).

They have deals with the likes of MGM, Samuel Goldwyn, Paramount and Warner Bros – making them the big players in terms of the classic Hollywood-era films. So it is true to form that they have announced a new deal to release David Lean’s 1962 Lawrence of Arabia.

It is a film that deserves to be watched on a 70mm print (it was originally filmed on Super Panavision and had a massive wow factor for audiences) and in a big screen Peter O’Toole’s portrayal of the English officer was also rightly celebrated, and he was supported by Anthony Quinn, Alec Guinness and Omar Sharif, among others. The film is due for a wide theatrical release in September.

Joe Orton

• Playwright Joe Orton came to a violent end at the hands of his boyfriend Kenneth Halliwell at his home in Islington in 1967.

Camden Town writer Stephen Frears used Orton’s life story for his seminal 1987 hit Prick Up Your Ears – and to mark the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act, it is being re-released and screened at the BFI Southbank on various dates until August 17.

Gary Oldman plays Orton, while Alfred Molina takes on the role of Halliwell.

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