This 1998 film is a biographical drama that analyses the life of painter Francis Bacon (Derek Jacobi), focusing on his stressed relationship with his lover, George Dyer (Daniel Craig), a former small time crook.
Cat burglar George falls in through Bacon’s studio skylight to rob him but, surprisingly, is invited to share his bed. Bacon finds Dyer’s amorality and innocence attractive, however with time, cruelly looses interest on him. This leads Dyer to a downward spiral of depression with heavy drinking and pill popping.
Drawing heavily on the authorised biography of Bacon, the film won three awards at the Edinburgh International Film Festival: Best New British Feature (director John Maybury) and two Best British Performance awards, one for Jacobi and the other for future James Bond actor, Daniel Craig.
BBFC Certified 18