Oscar Wilde is probably the most famous gay icon. Playwright, writer, outstanding aphorist. Dandy. His coming out was the loudest one in history.

The film by Brian Gilbert is a great yet tragic love story that is cut out to be a myth – it’s hard to believe that… it really did happen. 
It’s 1889. 35 years old Oscar Wild (Stephen Fry) returns to London after a long tour through US and Canada. He marries beautiful Constance Lloyd (Jennifer Ehle). At his own peril, however, he falls madly in love with a young, handsome and endowed with decadent charm Lord Douglas (Jude Law). He doesn’t know yet, he would be forced to tell about “the love that dare not speak its name” in a courtroom…   

🏆 BAFTA Awards 1998 – Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Nominee – Jennifer Ehle
🏆 BAFTA Awards 1998 – Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Nominee – Zoë Wanamaker
🏆 GLAAD Media Awards 1999 – Outstanding Film, Nominee
🏆 Seattle International Film Festival 1998 – Best Actor – Stephen Fry

Support provided by the Embassy of Ireland in Poland


Brian Gilbert


Julian Mitchell, Richard Ellmann

Stephen Fry, Jude Law, Vanessa Redgrave, Jennifer Ehle, Gemma Jones, Michael Sheen, Zoë Wanamaker, Judy Parfitt, Orlando Bloom (film debut)


Debbie Wiseman


Martin Fuhrer


UK, Japan, Germany 1997

running time:

118 minutes


feature film

English/Polish subtitles

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