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Writing and directing debut of Rupert Everett. This was such a passion project for Everett that he tried to get the movie made for ten years, all the while rejecting other movie roles so that he would remain available if the project was ever green-lit.
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Director Rupert Everett had written promises from his friends Colin Firth and Emily Watson that they would participate in this movie if he ever got it made. Even when Firth became famous and his busy schedule made it unsure if he would be able to keep his promise, Everett got people to participate by stating that Firth had already signed on.
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When Oscar Wilde gets his hair cut shortly after arriving in Reading Gaol, Rupert Everett gets his actual hair cut until he's bald. This was done on one of the first days of shooting and Everett wore a wig for the rest of the movie.
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The interiors of Oscar Wilde's home in Italy were shot in Castle Thurnau in Bavaria, Germany.
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Colin Firth and Rupert Everett appeared in Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest (2002), as well as Another Country (1984), St. Trinian's (2007), St Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold (2009), and Shakespeare in Love (1998), in which Everett made an uncredited appearance as Christopher Marlowe.
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This movie gained several five-star reviews in England, with plaudits such as "A masterpiece", "A magnificent achievement", and "A powerful parable of passion and redemption"; but the movie was ignored by some major distributors, being shown instead in smaller art-house venues.
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Principal photography on this movie began in mid September 2016 in Bavaria, Germany. Filming was also done in France, Belgium, and Italy.
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Tom Wilkinson appeared in Wilde (1997), which covered similar events portrayed in this movie.
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Rupert Everett previously played Oscar Wilde on stage in a revival of David Hare's "The Judas Kiss", a play which covered a similar time span as this movie. It ran from September 2012 to April 2013 in London and on tour in the U.K. and Dublin. In 2016 the production had runs in Toronto and New York City.
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The prison guard who is chained to Oscar Wilde at Clapham Junction was played by First Assistant Director Toby Sherborne.
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Tom Wilkinson previously starred in another Oscar Wilde biopic, Wilde (1997), where he played the father of Lord Alfred Douglas.
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It premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, and was shown at the 2018 BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival.
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Colin Firth (Reggie Turner) worked on another project that involved Oscar Wilde: Colin played the character of Lord Henry Wotton in Dorian Gray (2009). Oscar Wilde wrote the novel on which the movie was based.
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French visa # 150114.
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Swiss certificate # 1012.588.
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