The Happy Prince (Guest Speaker)

February 26

LGBT History Month film in partnership with Merton LGBT+ Forum

We find Oscar Wilde at the end of his life living among the demi-monde in Paris. The film gives us an unsentimental look at Wilde’s louche unscrupulousness and his indomitable charm and wit throughout his fame and fall.  Happy Prince unfolds as an homage to a great man with great flaws. It took Everett 5 years to find funding and make the film which is a labour of love with Everett taking the roles of direction, screenplay writer and lead actor.

WFC favourite author Gill Plain returns for Q&A and insight on Oscar Wilde’s life and works.

‘Everett shows a kinship with the role that goes beyond an openly gay actor playing a gay icon. Any struggles that he shows as a first-time director and screenwriter are eclipsed by his deep connection to his subject. This is award-calibre acting.’

Peter Traver, Rolling Stone

1 major award and 4 nominations including BIFA nomination Best Actor for Rupert Everett.


Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Emily Watson

Film Information

Title The Happy Prince (Guest Speaker)
Directed by Rupert Everett
Country UK
Classification 15
Running Time 103 mins
Release Year 2018
Subtitles No
Colour Yes
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