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Kenneth Williams: Fantabulosa! (2006)

Not Rated | | Biography, Comedy, Drama | TV Movie 13 March 2006
Martyn Hesford's comedy-drama about the life and times of tortured comic Kenneth Williams based on his diaries.

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Kenneth Williams
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Lou Williams
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Charlie Williams
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Joan Sims
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Joe Orton
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Peter Eade
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Charles Hawtrey
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Barbara Windsor
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Kenneth Horne
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Hugh Paddick
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Finicky,hygiene-obsessed comic actor Kenneth Williams,living in a flat block with mutually adoring mother Louie,looks back on his life. At loggerheads with his homophobic father over his career Kenny fulfils his dream of becoming a classical actor but is spun off into comedy,allowing full rein to his crowd-pleasing array of funny voices. A compulsive,often selfish performer off-screen,he becomes a national treasure following the radio show 'Round the Horne' and the successful series of film farces 'Carry On'... though he is disdainful of the latter,given that he once trod the boards with Orson Welles. Privately he is a tormented closet gay,sickened by his sexuality,unlike his friend,promiscuous playwright Joe Orton,and desperately asks his 'Carry On' co-star Joan Sims for a show marriage,which she refuses. Ultimately Louie's death,his own hypochondria,a down turn in work and a sense of his own isolation will result in a fatal encounter with a bottle of tablets in 1988. Written by don @ minifie-1

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The music that scores the closing scenes and voiceover and goes into the end credits, is taken from the soundtrack for The Hours (2002), composed by Philip Glass. The first track is "For Your Own Benefit", followed by "Why Does Someone Have to Die?" See more »

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Ooh, Matron!
14 March 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

An unassuming but thoroughly satisfying film that looks at the fascinating man behind the pursed lips and waspish tongue we all know from the Carry On films. The film shows us a man both appalled and aroused by his homosexuality. a man desperate for love who pushes away any advances that may bring him a moments fleeting happiness.

He befriends playwright Joe Orton who is everything Williams wishes he was: virile, self-confident and relaxed with his sexuality. But it is Orton's partner and murderer, Kenneth Halliwell, with whom he shares the quietly desperate despair that characterises his life. Like the man himself this is very funny but also tragic. It plays to the best qualities of British film-making; well scripted. character driven and unflashy. Worth your time


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