The Happy Prince (15)

Rupert Everett's The Happy Prince
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This passion project from writer-director-star Rupert Everett is a poignant depiction of the final years in the life of renowned writer Oscar Wilde.

The true story of Oscar Wilde’s trial and imprisonment for indecency is a familiar one to many, previously dramatised for the screen in films such as Ken Hughes’ The Trials of Oscar Wilde and Stephen Fry’s Wilde.

But with his heartfelt and impressive biopic, Rupert Everett offers something quite different. He details the tragic final few years of Wilde’s life after his release from prison. During this time, in which the disgraced writer travelled around Europe under a series of assumed names, both his health and wealth diminished, yet his wit and creativity continued to shine.

With stellar support from Colin Firth, Colin Morgan and Emily Watson, Everett astounds in a role that he was born to play – bringing his hero to the screen with grace, depth and, above all else, dignity.

UK 2018 Dir Rupert Everett 105 min

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Podcast: The Happy Prince / Rupert Everett

We speak to Rupert Everett about taking on the role of writer and director for The Happy Prince, and his enduring fascination with the figure of Oscar Wilde as shown in this deeply moving portrait of his darkest hour. 

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