The Happy Prince

              RFT Celebrating the 2nd Reading on Thames Festival  Rupert Everett’s directorial debut is a poignant and wistful evocation of the final days of Oscar Wilde. Penniless and shunned by British Society after his release from Reading Gaol, Wilde ekes out a dissolute existence in Paris in a film that unsparingly weaves together scenes from his mercurial life, both pre- and post-exile. Supported by a stellar cast, including Colin Firth, Tom Wilkinson and Emily Watson, Everett’s passion project is the untold story of the tragic decline of one of England’s greatest men of letters.          UK 2018 – Directed by Rupert Everett with Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Emily Watson – 103 min A command performance from Rupert Everett – THE TELEGRAPH A moving and surprising biopic that squeezes out every last drop of pathos from its subject matter – THE INDEPENDENT The Reading on Thames Festival takes its inspiration from Reading’s majestic waterways and sets out to create a vibrant, broad appeal arts and cultural festival programme set in venues and unusual outdoor spaces across Reading. Between 6-16 September, Festival audiences can expect to encounter exhilarating performances and unexpected encounters. RFT is proud to be part of this celebration and we are starting our season early with two contrasting films following the struggles of two very different men. See our website for further information. You can find more information on the Reading on Thames Festival at http://readingplaceofculture.org/reading-on-thames-festival-2018-programme/ 

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I, Daniel Blake

                RFT Celebrating the 2nd Reading on Thames Festival Ken Loach’s second Palme d’Or winner still packs a massive personal and political punch; it’s a damning indictment of a faceless benefits bureaucracy which strips claimants of their humanity by reducing them to numbers on a file. It is also an uplifting and deeply moving celebration of the decency and kinship of ordinary people, who care for and look after each other when the state abandons its duty of care. Some scenes have an almost unbearable poignancy, others inspire righteous rage at institutional cruelty and injustice.                                                                                UK 2016 – Directed by Ken Loach with Dave Johns, Hayley Squires – 100 min         ‘If you’re not angry, what kind of person are you?’ – KEN LOACH               Paul Laverty’s brilliantly insightful script finds much that is moving (and often surprisingly funny) in the unbreakable social bonds of so-called “broken Britain” – THE GUARDIAN The Reading on Thames Festival takes its inspiration from Reading’s majestic waterways and sets out to create a vibrant, broad appeal arts and cultural festival programme set in venues and unusual outdoor spaces across Reading. Between 6-16 September, Festival audiences can expect to encounter exhilarating performances and unexpected encounters. RFT is proud to be part

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