DMovies - Your platform for thought-provoking cinema

Happy Prince

Director - Rupert Everett - 2018
The online trailer for Rupert Everett's biopic of Oscar Wilde is out now; the director himself incorporates the literature genius as he lives his final days in exile

His 19th century looks are sterling, the vintage photography crisp and soothing, and the costumes look exceedingly beautiful and elegant. Has Rupert Everett mastered Oscar Wilde, both behind and in front of the camera? The English actor both penned and directed the Happy Prince, plus he also stars as the film’s protagonist.

The story starts in Paris, where an impoverished and ill Oscar Wilde is recovering from his prison stint in England, after being found guilty of gross indecency. His love affair with Lord Alfred Bosie Douglas and unrepentant attitude in court had shocked the country. He is now seeking to indulge in small acts of pleasure and hedonism in France and Italy, as his health fades and the end is increasingly nigh, it seems. He’s a man desperately seeking redemption through sex and beauty.

The film proposes to revisit Wilde’s very final days, as “desire and loyalty face off, the transience of lust is laid bare, and the true riches of love are revealed”. Everett embraced a mammoth task and a huge responsibility. Wilde is a subversive genius far ahead of his time, and there is no shortage of films, TV series and books about him. Will the English actor (who’s also gay himself) have anything new and fresh to say about the poet, or will he just slip into the same old cliched platitudes about “the love that dare not speak its name”? The trailer suggests a very conventional biopic. But has the -thespian-scribe-helmer perhaps infused his latest film with little dirty flavours?

The film features a top-drawer cast, including Colin Firth, Emily Watson, Colin Morgan and Edwin Thomas.

The Happy Prince premiered earlier this year at the BFI Flare London LGBT Film Festival. It is out in the best cinemas across the UK on Friday, June 15th.


By Petra von Kant - 20-04-2018

By Petra von Kant - 20-04-2018

Petra von Kant is a filmmaker, critic and performance artist. She was born Manoel Almeida t...

DMovies Poll

Are the Oscars dirty enough for DMovies?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

Most Read

Just a few years back, finding a film [Read More...]
Pigs might fly. And so Brexit might happen. [Read More...]
Forget Friday the 13th, Paranormal Activity and the [Read More...]
A lot of British people would rather forget [Read More...]
What happens when an independent female filmmaker with [Read More...]
Fifty years have passed since students joined forces [Read More...]

Read More

Golden Years (Nos Anées Folles)

André Techiné
2017

Victor Fraga - 22-05-2017

André Techiné celebrates 50 years of filmmaking with a five-star and five-splat film, impeccable in style and profoundly subversive in its subject - live from Cannes [Read More...]

Handsome Devil

John Butler
2017

Victor Fraga - 27-04-2017

This warm and tender Irish drama about homophobic bullying in a boarding school is simple and lighthearted on the surface, but the message is no less pertinent and compelling - out in cinemas [Read More...]

Departure

Andrew Steggall
2016

Victor Fraga - 16-05-2016

It's not just love that dares not speak it name. In this gentle and complex British drama set in the astounding French countryside, most characters are unable to verbalise their sentiments [Read More...]

Facebook Comment

Website Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *