The Happy Prince

4th April, 2019 (MA15+)
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  • Director Rupert Everett
  • Cast Colin Firth, Emily Watson, Rupert Everett
  • Duration 100 min
  • Rating MA15+
  • Genre Drama
  • Participating Cinemas Palace Balwyn, Palace Barracks, Palace Brighton Bay, Palace Byron Bay, Palace Byron Bay, Palace Central Sydney, Palace Cinema Como, Palace Electric Cinema, Palace James St, Palace Norton Street, Palace Raine Square, Palace Verona, Palace Westgarth, The Kino

Synopsis

A passion project for writer, director, and star Rupert Everett (co-starring Colin Firth and Emily Watson), THE HAPPY PRINCE pays worthy tribute to Oscar Wilde with a poignant look at his tragic and dramatic final days.

In a cheap Parisian hotel room Oscar Wilde lies on his death bed and the past floods back, transporting him to other times and places. Was he once the most famous man in London? The artist crucified by a society that once worshipped him? The lover imprisoned and freed, yet still running towards ruin in the final chapter of his life? Under the microscope of death he reviews the failed attempt to reconcile with his long suffering wife Constance, the reprisal of his fatal love affair with Lord Alfred Douglas and the devotion of Robbie Ross who tried to save him from himself.

From Dieppe to Naples to Paris, freedom is elusive, Oscar is a penniless vagabond, shunned by his old acquaintances, but revered by a strange group of outlaws and urchins to whom he tells the old stories – his incomparable wit still sharp. Rupert Everett, in the role he was born to play, shines as the fallen genius, who finds light even in the darkest corners of life.

Reviews

  • "Director-actor Rupert Everett tackles Oscar Wilde in his later years, and proves this was the role he was born to play. Get ready to marvel at an award-caliber performance." Rolling Stone 
  • "This film is a deeply felt, tremendously acted tribute to courage." Guardian 
  • "the performances, and the undeniable injustice of Wilde's ordeal, make for a tragedy worthy of its drama-loving subject."  Time Out 

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