Philip Hensher

De Profundis: the agony of filming Oscar Wilde’s last years

Rupert Everett’s miserable experience making The Happy Prince almost rivals Wilde’s own at the end of his life

Rupert Everett as Oscar Wilde, filming The Happy Prince. Credit: Cne Plus Filmproduktion/Robert Fox Limited/BBC Films/Album/Alamy

Somewhere or other Martin Amis remarks that the reason we have very little idea of what it feels like to go into space is that no astronaut so far can write. If we know very well what it felt like to go through a tropical typhoon, that’s because there was a Joseph Conrad able to tell us about it.

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