Is it possible to separate the art from the artist? Documentarian Lisa Immordino Vreeland definitely doesn’t think so, as her examination of the life and career of photographer/artist/costume designer Cecil Beaton understands that the many contradictions in his character informed a lifetime of work across a variety of different mediums.
Rupert Everett spent the past decade working on his passion project The Happy Prince, tracing the final three years in the life of Oscar Wilde. Ironically, these aren’t particularly happy years, following his post-prison exile from England as he loses status, money and finally his health, until his death at age 46 in 1900.
For his writing-directing debut, actor Rupert Everett ambitiously recreates the final three years of Oscar Wilde’s life in a swirling, artistic odyssey. Everett has a lifelong interest in Wilde, including roles in films based on Wilde’s work and a series of TV documentary explorations of homosexuality in Victorian Britain. So in many ways The Happy Prince feels like the culmination of Everett’s life’s work.
The film Another Country was directed by Marek Kanievska. Julian Mitchell wrote both the script for the original play of the same name as well as the screenplay for the adapted film which was released in 1984. Starring well-known actors, Colin Firth and Rupert Everett, Another Country shines the spotlight on the life of Guy Bennett’s early life as a homosexual in public school life in the 1930s, Marxist influences in his life and the Burgess-Maclean spy scandal of the 1950s.