The Happy Prince (15)



Drama (2018)
105mins Ger/Bel/UK/Ita

Starring: Colin Firth, Rupert Everett, Emily Watson, Colin Morgan, Edwin Thomas
Director: Rupert Everett
Writer(s): Rupert Everett
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

Wilde is released from Reading Gaol, on the brink of financial ruin. His ex-wife Constance grants him a small allowance on the understanding that he will sever all ties to Bosie, but Wilde cannot resist his self-serving paramour and his income is thus withheld. Good friends Reggie Turner and Robbie Ross try in vain to keep their pal out of the gutter, staring up at twinkling stars, but passions outwit Wilde's common sense and he sinks into a mire of misery.

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The Happy Prince (15)

Taking its title from a short story for children by Oscar Wilde, The Happy Prince is an elegiac account of the final years of the Irish playwright and poet following his incarceration for gross indecency. The film is a passion project for director, writer and lead actor Rupert Everett, who slipped effortlessly into Wilde's skin in 2012 in a revival of David Hare's play The Judas Kiss at Hampstead Theatre in London, which transferred to the West End and New York...

The Happy Prince. Copyright: Lionsgate Films. Caption: Rupert Everett as Oscar Wilde in The Happy Prince, directed by Rupert Everett. All Rights Reserved.Everett's deep emotional connection to his subject is evident in a compelling, nuanced performance that doesn't shy away from the self-destructive impulses that led Wilde to his grave during a tumultuous exile in France at the turn of the 20th century. His fall from grace is agonisingly slow and painful, and the script takes its time to explore the various personal relationships that sustained Wilde in his twilight years and also tore him apart. He neglects some of his closest allies, who stand by him despite his shameful conduct, and the playwright continues to fraternise with the manipulative object of his downfall, Lord Alfred Douglas aka Bosie.

We meet Wilde (Everett) after his release from Reading Gaol, on the brink of financial ruin. His ex-wife Constance (Emily Watson) grants him a small allowance on the understanding that he will sever all ties to Bosie (Colin Morgan), but Wilde cannot resist his self-serving paramour and his income is thus withheld. Good friends Reggie Turner (Colin Firth) and Robbie Ross (Edwin Thomas) try in vain to keep their pal out of the gutter, staring up at twinkling stars, but passions outwit Wilde's common sense and he sinks into a mire of misery. Racked with illness, the playwright seeks refuge with two resourceful street waifs - brothers, who exist on their wits and, in the case of the older boy, by selling his body. In return, Wilde enchants and enthrals his young hosts with passages from The Happy Prince, transporting them far from the squalor and degradation with beautifully crafted words. Yet death lurks in the corner of every dank room and as an inglorious end beckons, the few who truly love Wilde gather at his bedside as Father Dunne (Tom Wilkinson) delivers the last rites.

The Happy Prince wades artfully through the despair of Wilde's exile, interspersed with pungent flashbacks including his transfer to Reading Gaol by train when jeering passengers spat in his face. Everett's anguished face haunts almost every frame, but there are strong supporting performances from Thomas and Morgan as competing forces for Wilde's affections. The script is peppered with bon mots that hint at the dying genius of a man, whose great sin was to be afflicted by "the love that dare not speak its name". It took almost 120 years for Wilde to be granted a posthumous pardon. Therein lies true shame.

- Jo Planter

The Happy Prince. Copyright: Lionsgate Films. Caption: Rupert Everett as Oscar Wilde in The Happy Prince, directed by Rupert Everett. All Rights Reserved.


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- Belfast, Dundonald Omniplex
- Belfast, Movie House Dublin Road
- Belfast, Queen's Film Theatre
- Birmingham, Empire Birmingham Great Park
- Birmingham, The Electric Cinema
- Bournemouth, Odeon Bournemouth BH2
- Bradford, Picturehouse Bradford At The National Media Museum
- Brighton, Duke Of York's Picturehouse
- Brighton, Odeon Brighton
- Bristol, Everyman Bristol
- Bristol, Orpheus Henleaze
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Cinema De Lux
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Watershed
- Burton-on-Trent, Red Carpet Cinema & Cafe Bar
- Bury St Edmunds, Abbeygate Cinema
- Cambridge, Arts Picturehouse
- Cambridge, The Light Cinema, Cambridge
- Canterbury, Curzon Canterbury
- Carlow, IMC Carlow
- Chelmsford, Everyman Chelmsford
- Cheltenham, Cineworld Cheltenham
- Cheltenham, Cineworld Cheltenham The Screening Rooms
- Chichester, Chichester Cinema At New Park
- Chichester, Cineworld Chichester
- Cork, Cork Omniplex
- Coventry, Showcase Coventry
- Coventry, Warwick Arts Centre
- Dublin, Cineworld Dublin
- Dublin, Dublin Rathmines Omniplex
- Dublin, IMC Santry
- Dublin, Irish Film Institute
- Dublin, Movies @ Dundrum
- Dublin, Savoy
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dundee, DCA: Dundee Contemporary Arts
- Dun Laoghaire, IMC Dun Laoghaire
- East Grinstead, Scott Cinemas
- Edinburgh, Cameo Picturehouse
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Exeter, Exeter Picturehouse
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Silverburn
- Glasgow, Glasgow Film Theatre
- Greenhithe, Showcase Bluewater
- Guildford, Odeon Guildford
- Harrogate, Everyman Harrogate
- Hawkhurst, Kino Hawkhurst
- Henley-on-Thames, Regal Picturehouse
- High Wycombe, Cineworld High Wycombe
- High Wycombe, Empire High Wycombe
- Ipswich, Empire Ipswich
- Leeds, Cottage Road Cinema
- Leeds, Everyman Leeds
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Phoenix
- Limerick, Limerick Omniplex
- Lisburn, Lisburn Omniplex
- Liverpool, Odeon Liverpool ONE
- Liverpool, Picturehouse At FACT
- Manchester, HOME
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Milton Keynes, Cineworld Milton Keynes
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyneside Cinema
- Newry, Newry Omniplex
- Northampton, Errol Flynn Filmhouse, Royal & Derngate
- Norwich, Cinema City Picturehouse
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Nottingham, Broadway Cinema
- Oxford, Curzon Oxford
- Oxford, Phoenix Picturehouse
- Oxted, Everyman Oxted
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Reading, Showcase Reading Cinema De Lux
- Ripon, Curzon Ripon
- Rye, Kino Rye
- Salisbury, Odeon Salisbury
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
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- Sheffield, The Showroom
- Shrewsbury, The Old Market Hall
- Southampton, Harbour Lights Picturehouse
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- Stillorgan, Odeon Stillorgan
- Stockport, Marple Regent
- Stockport, The Light Cinema, Stockport
- Stratford-upon-Avon, Everyman Stratford-Upon-Avon
- Stratford-upon-Avon, Stratford Picturehouse
- Swindon, Empire Swindon Greenbridge
- Totnes, Dartington Arts Centre
- Tralee, Tralee Omniplex
- Truro, Plaza Cinema
- Uckfield, Picturehouse Uckfield
- Wallasey, The Light Cinema, New Brighton
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Welwyn Garden City, Campus West Theatre
- Woking, Ambassadors Cinema
- York, City Screen Picturehouse
- York, Everyman York


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