Tom Wilkinson previously appeared in Wilde (1997), which covers similar events portrayed in this film.
Colin Firth and Rupert Everett previously appeared together 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 Rupert Everett made an uncredited appearance as Christopher Marlowe.
Directorial debut of Rupert Everett. Also marks as his first film screenplay.
Rupert Everett has previously played Oscar Wilde on stage in a revival of David Hare's 'The Judas Tree', a play which covers a similar time span to this movie. It ran from September 2012 to April 2013 in London and on tour in the UK and Dublin. In 2016 the production had runs in Toronto and NYC.
The interiors of Oscar Wilde's home in Italy were shot in Castle Thurnau in Bavaria, Germany.
When Oscar Wilde gets his hair cut shortly after arriving in Readin 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 film.
Director Rupert Everett had written promises from his friends Colin Firth and Emily Watson that they would participate in this film 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.
-Principal photography on the film began in mid-September 2016 in Bavaria, Germany. Filming was also done in France, Belgium and Italy.
-The film gained several 5-star reviews in England, with plaudits such as "A masterpiece", "A magnificent achievement", and "A powerful parable of passion and redemption"; but the film was ignored by some major distributors, being shown instead in smaller art-house venues.
-It premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, and was shown at the 2018 BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival.
Tom Wilkinson has previously starred in another Oscar Wilde biopic "Wilde" in 1997, where he played the father of Lord Alfred Douglas.
This should prove to be a real star-making role for Edwin Thomas who plays Robbie.
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