The Happy Prince
Up and coming young actor Edwin Thomas will introduce tonight's film
In a dilapidated hotel room in Paris, Oscar Wilde lies on his deathbed. The past comes cascading back, taking him on a poignant journey through his past to other times and places. From the time he was the toast of London society to his downfall when he was crucified by a public that once adored him. The Happy Prince is particularly strong on the horrifying homophobic prejudice that Wilde suffered during his downfall - notably in the heart-breaking sight of Wilde the convict being spat at on a station platform while on the way to jail. This is a portrait of the dark side of a genius who lived and died for love.
Rupert Everett writes, directs and assumes the role of Oscar Wilde in his final years following his release from Reading Gaol. However, The Happy Prince could be viewed as much as a career-defining project for Everett, and a fitting culmination of a lifetime interest in Wilde - from leading An Ideal Husband and The Importance Of Being Earnest on the big screen to portraying Wilde in the revival of David Hare’s ‘The Judas Kiss’ in the West End in 2012. The Happy Prince showcases Rupert Everett at his very best.
'The Happy Prince…finds a firm anchor in Everett’s performance… A rivalry of old boyfriends, between cherubic terror Lord Alfred ‘Bosie’ Douglas (Colin Morgan) and sober-minded literary executor Robbie Ross (Edwin Thomas), pits head versus heart… charting the possible paths Wilde could take as he starts life anew as ‘Sebastian Melmoth.' - Michael Leader, Sight & Sound
'Rupert Everett is an exceptional Oscar Wilde in his own directorial debut.' - Fionnuala Halligan, Screen Daily
'A powerful parable of passion and redemption.' - **** Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
EDWIN THOMAS read French & Portuguese at Oxford University, where he played Leontes in THE WINTER’S TALE and Kite in THE RECRUITING OFFICER at the Oxford Playhouse. Edwin then went on to gain a place at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he won The LAURENCE OLIVIER BURSARY MAIN PRIZE (UK), and THE JOSEPHINE HART & MICHAEL BRYANT AWARDS. Edwin left Guildhall and played leading roles in TV & theatre, including ITV’s LEWIS, RESTLESS for the BBC, and Irwin in Michael Longhurst’s production of THE HISTORY BOYS at The Sheffield Crucible.
When an injury forced Edwin to put his burgeoning acting career to one side, he began a career in education, teaching French & English in secondary schools in North London. He co-founded The Guildhall School of Music & Drama’s first ever ‘outreach’ project, running community workshops across Lewisham, Dagenham and Hackney. Edwin also trained as a Feldenkrais practitioner, and is currently working on a documentary about education, as well as developing a feature film.
He returns to screens in his feature film debut, and biggest role to date, starring as Robbie Ross in THE HAPPY PRINCE, opposite Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Emily Watson, Tom Wilkinson and Colin Morgan.
Edwin is currently filming Victoria Series 3, and has just been nominated as one of Screen International’s STARS OF TOMORROW, 2018.