Prick Up Your Ears is a 1987 film about the life of a famous British playwright Joe Orton. This gay movie starts as a flashback from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts where Orton is befriended by the older Kenneth Halliwell and they begin a gay relationship. Orton is a risk taker while Kenneth is more reserved. Orton's writing talents progress to greater heights as he is even commissioned to write a screenplay for The Beatles. Orton's success drives their relationship with Kenneth further away. Kenneth feels as the ignored wife in the relationship. These feelings of rejection drive Kenneth to kill Orton then commit suicide himself.