Tuesday 11th September 2018 - 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm, Palmer Building
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/