DirectorJohn Maybury Duration Music directorRyuichi Sakamoto WriterJohn Maybury LanguageEnglish
Initial releaseSeptember 18, 1998 (United Kingdom) CastDerek Jacobi (Francis Bacon), Daniel Craig (George Dyer), Tilda Swinton (Muriel Belcher), Anne Lambton (Isabel Rawsthorne), Adrian Scarborough (Daniel Farson), Karl Johnson (John Deakin) Similar moviesJust a Question of Love, My Own Private Idaho, Shelter, Mambo Italiano, C.R.A.Z.Y., Beautiful Thing
Love is the devil study for a portrait of francis bacon 1998
Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon is a 1998 film made for television by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). It was written and directed by John Maybury and stars Derek Jacobi, Daniel Craig, and Tilda Swinton.
A biography of painter Francis Bacon (Jacobi), it concentrates on his strained relationship with George Dyer (Craig), a small-time thief. The film draws heavily on the authorised biography of Bacon, The Gilded Gutter Life of Francis Bacon by Daniel Farson, and is dedicated to him.
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, Craig. The film was also screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival.
Derek Jacobi – Francis Bacon
Daniel Craig – George Dyer
Tilda Swinton – Muriel Belcher
Anne Lambton – Isabel Rawsthorne
Adrian Scarborough – Daniel Farson
Karl Johnson – John Deakin
Annabel Brooks – Henrietta Moraes
Richard Newbould – Blond Billy (as Richard Newbold)