THE HAPPY PRINCE will be released in cinemas on 15 June 2018 through Lionsgate UK.
THE HAPPY PRINCE, written and directed by, as well as starring, Rupert Everett, opens in cinemas across the UK on 15 June. The film had its UK premiere on 28 March as part of the BFI Flare: London LGBTQ+ Film Festival, following world and European premieres at the Sundance and Berlin film festivals. The final years of Oscar Wilde, and the ghosts that haunted him, are vividly evoked in Everett’s directorial debut.
The film features a stellar supporting cast of British actors including Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, A Single Man), Emily Watson (On Chesil Beach, Gosford Park), Colin Morgan (The Fall, Testament of Youth) and Edwin Thomas (Endeavour).
Building from his own 2012 lauded stage portrayal of Wilde in David Hare’s The Judas Kiss, Everett physically and emotionally embodies the literary genius as he lives out his last days in exile in Europe, in a performance described by critics as “flawless” and “the best thing Everett has done”.
The film opens in Paris, where Wilde, by now in his forties, penniless and in poor health, is still reeling after being imprisoned in England for his love affair with Lord Alfred ‘Bosie’ Douglas (Morgan). Out of prison but a pariah, Wilde swings between grief and a determination to wrest whatever pleasure and beauty he can from the time he has left. His body ailing and heavy, his mind spinning, he survives by falling back on the flamboyant irony and brilliant wit that defined him.
Everett’s Wilde is tortured but determined to remain true to himself. His thoughts are filled with love and betrayal and permeated with those closest to him: Bosie, his literary agent Robbie Ross (Edwin Thomas), his great friend Reggie Turner (Firth) and his estranged wife Constance (Watson).
As the film travels through Wilde’s final act, and journeys from England to France and Italy, desire and loyalty face off, the transience of lust is laid bare, and the true riches of love are revealed.
"A dreaded sunny day,
So let's go where we're wanted,
and I meet you at the cemetery gates,
Keats and Yates are on your side,
But you lose, because weird lover
Wilde is on mine..."
(from "The Queen is Dead" by The Smiths) (1986)
Sad that boys and men are still victimized by gay men and feminists defend these pedophiles. Wilde was a horrid pedophile. Society did not pay him back for these cruel crimes he committed. But there are lots of women here who love their gay porn and insist on reality imitating it. You are sick and deranged animals. Educate yourselves before you comment or are welcomed into civilization. Kill women!
To my shock and dismay this comments section is full of praise and adoration...!!? one idiot even spouting that this was the most beautiful
movie ever made...lololol Oscar Wilde was a pedophile and it is all in his court records..... but you sick fucks want to lock up people like Bill Cosby and worship old men fucking teenage boys.... wow, what double standard motherfuckers.... read on -
Parts of Oscar's case dealt with Wilde’s relationships with teenage boys. Most of those on Queensberry’s list were “renters”, prostitutes who Wilde paid for sex. Charles Parker, 17 when he met the 38-year-old Wilde in 1893, is typical: he alleged that on their first meeting Wilde took him to the Savoy, gave him iced champagne and took him to bed where he performed “certain operations with his mouth”. The next morning Wilde gave him money. Parker became a star witness in the criminal trial, and we now hear his voice again as he claims that Wilde “committed the act of sodomy upon me”...etc.. AND YOU THINK WILDE STOPPED THERE!!!????
I hope and old man fucks all your underage sons.... although I'm sure of few of you lying ass raping sickos cheering this shit on,
wud probably join in.
- Fuck this boring sexually abusive bullshit movie glorifying a pedo hero.
I really hope that Colin Morgan knew what his doing when he accepted to play Bosie. This role will change his life forever. Sooner or later someone will put him this straight question: "Are you gay?" If he says "no", everyone will be watching him at any public appearances and will try to prove that he's lying. His life will become a hell. If he says "Yes", he's career will probablly suffer because he will not get some roles by now.
GreenePearl As far as i know, nobody ask him directly: "Are you gay?" I know the story wity Merlin very well. All Merlin's fans know it. But all the questions from the interviews on this topic were soft. The hardes / most direct question was: "How close are you (Bradley James and Colin Morgan) in real life?" About the fact that the world is more interested in the relationships between women and man, well... Tell this to Bradley and Colin. They have been harassed enough because of the supposed relationship between them. Personally don'-t think they were more that good friends.
Seeing Colin in that blonde wig I couldn't help but think.....Lestat De Lioncourt is that you?? He could pull that role off I think... Now I kinda wanna see him play the vampire Lestat in a Vampire Chronicles movie or tv show....
Colin Morgan looks gorgeous. Just the other day I was bemoaning that he’d let his looks slip since his pretty days in Merlin. Don’t know what he’s done, but he’s BACK! Couldn’t believe that was really him as Bosie. Well done, him.
I agree. He would be the only one right now I'd trust to finish Jeremy's work. He has done Holmes before, but that was a parallel universe and not the original writings. And I think that a lot of people who only knew Rupert from his Hollywood movies did not take him seriously as an actor until now. I am sure this will change dramatically after The Happy Prince.
You could watch the two movies about Oscar Wilde and Urarian boy prior to fry's Wilde. If it weren't for Oscar, many of these people wouldn't have been as well known or regarded. Fry certainly wouldn't have been. His performance so melded him to Oscar he's been walking Oscars path in his own life every since. Which is a little sad really because is become that actors bane of the inescapable character. But, Fry did play up to it as well, because the role landed him a much greater interview demand than he'd had before, so there's that. But based on his Brussels incident, it came with a price. But the bank balance has a way of ameliorating any sting of it, probably :p
Chani Elkin Stephen Fry never played Wilde, he played himself as Wilde. And the end result was he gave a mild mannered inoffensive performance that completely failed to capture the savage wit and spirit of the man. Everett comes closer.
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