The Happy Prince is a tour de force for Rupert Everett who has written, directed and stars in this poignant dramatisation of Oscar Wilde’s final years in exile in Naples and Paris after having been released from prison after his conviction for “gross indecency”.
The film expertly intersperses scenes from Wilde’s younger, more celebrated days with the squalor, illness and self-destructive urges of his last years.
Everett’s sensitive portrayal of a tortured soul and the hint of redemption that the film’s title offers makes it, as Peter Bradshaw in The Guardian says: “a deeply felt, tremendously acted tribute to courage”.
Dir: Rupert Everett
Starring: Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Emily Watson
7 August 2018 7:30PM