The Happy Prince | SPECIAL PRESENTATION!
Directed by RUPERT EVERETT
The multi-talented Rupert Everett, one of filmdom’s first openly gay actors, brings his dream project to the screen – a study of the sunset years of legendary writer and wit Oscar Wilde. Hailed as a “brilliant tour de force,” we encounter Wilde at the end of the 19th century when the sophisticated dandy was the darling of London society. But his open homosexuality was his undoing and after a much publicized, notorious trial, Wilde is sent to prison. Impoverished and stricken by ill health upon his release, he goes into exile in Paris, surviving on the flamboyant irony and brilliant bon mots that defined him. After a half-hearted attempt to reconcile with his wife Constance (Emily Watson, BREAKING THE WAVES, ANGELA’S ASHES), he heads back into the arms of his young lover Lord Douglas (Colin Morgan, MERLIN; HUMANS), an emotionally disastrous decision. Supported by loyal friends, including Reggie Turner (Oscar winner Colin Firth) who try to protect him from his own excesses, Wilde reflects on his life while observing from an ironic distance with detachment and humor his reduced circumstances. Everett wrote the script, makes his directorial debut with THE HAPPY PRINCE and caps his extraordinary acting career with a deeply moving performance. “Rupert Everett is magnificent in a dream role,” THE GUARDIAN raved and so he is. Rupert Everett is scheduled to attend the screening.
***Scheduled to attend: Rupert Everett (director/actor/writer)***