Written and directed by John Maybury (The Jacket, The Edge of Love) in 1998 as a made-for-TV movie by the BBC, Love Is the Devil is a dramatic look into the life of 20th-century English painter Francis Bacon (Derek Jacobi of Gladiator, The King’s Speech). Drawing from Bacon’s authorized biography The Gilded Gutter Life of Francis Bacon by Daniel Farson, the film concentrates on the strained and tumultuous relationship between the unapologetically gay Bacon and his lover George Dyer (Daniel Craig of Skyfall, Quantum of Solace, Casino Royale) after Bacon finds Dyer attempting to burgle his home and decides to invite him to bed. Love Is the Devil takes you into the life and art of Bacon without pulling any punches about the man Margaret Thatcher once described as “that man who paints those dreadful pictures.” Love Is the Devil won awards at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in acting and directing. Available from Strand Releasing Home Entertainment (strandreleasing.com). —Bradley Donalson
Bradley Donalson is a frequent contributor to OutSmart magazine.
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