Jack Worthing, Colin Firth has invented an alter ego Ernest, played by himself, who kicks up his heels as a gay bachelor in the city while Jack maintains his sober country reputation. His great friend is Algernon, Rupert Everett, a wry and witty man-about-town who?s in a perennial state of impoverishment. Not that you?d know it by his lifestlye. Jack is in love with Gwendoline, Frances O?Connor, the daughter of Lady Bracknell, Judi Dench. Gwendoline feels her destiny is to be in love with a man called Ernest so his feelings are reciprocated. Meanwhile back on the farm Jack?s cousin Cecily, Reese Witherspoon, dreams of the mythical Ernest. When Algy turns up pretending to be Ernest things get complicated. The first act of The Importance of Being Earnest is so sharp and witty it?s a constant gurgle at Wilde?s cleverness. Once things move to the country and everyone falls in love it?s somehow less interesting, until Lady Bracknell arrives. Judi Dench is so wonderful in that role, she just eats it ? it?s a pleasure to see. Oliver Parker who also adapted Wilde?s An Ideal Husband to the screen has hit the mark with his casting. Where would a Wilde adaptation be without Rupert Everett ? that languid cheekiness fits perfectly. And the gels are terrific, both non-Anglos, Reese Witherspoon and Frances O?Connor. Wilde describes his play as ?a delicate bubble of fancy? and that?s what Parker achieves with the film.
6 Sep 2021 - 9:26am
With four superb Mads Mikkelsen films hitting SBS World Movies and SBS On Demand, we take a moment to appreciate the complex charisma of Denmark’s leading export.
13 Sep 2021 - 2:33pm
Match a meal from SBS Food with a movie at SBS on Demand, for the perfect night in.
6 Sep 2021 - 9:25am
Benjamin Ree’s documentary about artist Barbora Kysilkova and her unlikely subject, Karl-Bertil Nordland, is a portrait of extraordinary and enduring friendship.
9 Aug 2021 - 5:45pm
'The Rose Maker', starring Catherine Frot as a determined rose grower, is not just about the chase for beauty but about making connections, too.
6 Aug 2021 - 9:13am
They have the power to make you laugh, cry, gasp and hit you right in the feels. Here are 10 highlights from the SBS On Demand Landmark Lead Performances Collection.