From McQueen to Bohemian Rhapsody to Colette to Boy Erased: THE HAPPY PRINCE – In Cinemas June 15 – LGBT Icons on Screen
Building from his own 2012 lauded stage portrayal of Wilde in David Hare’s The Judas Kiss, Everett physically and emotionally embodies the literary genius as he lives out his last days in exile in Europe, in a performance described by critics as “flawless” and “the best thing Everett has done”.
The film opens in Paris, where Wilde, by now in his forties, penniless and in poor health, is still reeling after being imprisoned in England for his love affair with Lord Alfred ‘Bosie’ Douglas (Morgan). Out of prison but a pariah, Wilde swings between grief and a determination to wrest whatever pleasure and beauty he can from the time he has left. His body ailing and heavy, his mind spinning, he survives by falling back on the flamboyant irony and brilliant wit that defined him.
Everett’s Wilde is tortured but determined to remain true to himself. His thoughts are filled with love and betrayal and permeated with those closest to him: Bosie, his literary agent Robbie Ross (Edwin Thomas), his great friend Reggie Turner (Firth) and his estranged wife Constance (Watson).
To celebrate the upcoming release of The Happy Prince, which stars Rupert Everett as the legendary Oscar Wilde, we’re taking a look at a number of other LGBT icons and stories set to hit the big screen this year…
McQueen (8 June)
Directed by Ian Bonhôte, this documentary reveals the hidden aspects of designer Alexander McQueen’s private and professional worlds. Featuring contributions from family members and friends of the designer, this film celebrates McQueen’s iconic vision, which would go on to subvert the conventions of the fashion industry for years to come.
The Happy Prince (15 June)
The Happy Prince explores the lesser known final years of one of Britain’s most iconic literary figures. Rupert Everett plays Oscar Wilde, as well as assuming writing and directing duties. The film follows Wilde after his release from prison and depicts the time he spent in France and Italy in his later years.
Bohemian Rhapsody (24 October)
Rami Malek steps into Freddie Mercury’s shoes for this biographical drama about rock band Queen. The film follows the band from their early days to their iconic 1985 Live Aid performance – and with guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor serving as music producers, it’s guaranteed to rock you.
Colette (release date TBC)
Keira Knightley stars as Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, one of the most influential writers in the Parisian Belle Époque period. The film follows the professional life of the author, as well as depicting her conflicts with her similarly literary husband and her intimate affairs with a number of women.
Vita and Virginia (release date TBC)
Starring Elizabeth Debicki and Gemma Alderton, this biographical romance reveals the largely unknown intimate affair between British writer Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West. While previous interpretations of the author’s life have only hinted at Woolf’s bisexuality, this film aims to reveal her hidden, private world which greatly influenced her writing.
Boy Erased (release date TBC)
Based on the memoir by Garrard Conley, this poignant coming-of-age drama portrays Conley’s experience of being outed as gay in small town America, and his subsequent experiences in a gay conversion therapy program. Starring Lucas Hedges and Nicole Kidman, this film highlights the cruel and isolating nature of conversion therapy, as well as the conflicts Conley experienced with the head therapist at the centre.
THE HAPPY PRINCE IS RELEASED IN UK CINEMAS ON JUNE 15