Rupert Everett is one of our most feted actors but he’s a great essaying too having been compared to Evelyn Waugh, Noel Coward and even Lord Byron. His new memoir ‘Vanished Years’ is brim full of vividly described escapades with friends, family and A list celebrities. On paper Everett is hilarious, self deprecating, captivating, comic and reflective. He is all those things in person too.
The audience is packed and expectant, we spot Jeremy Irons, who will later be reading from T.S Elliot’s Four Quartets, in the crowd. Everett takes the stage, glass of wine in hand. His writing is candid, so much so her tells us that he fell out with Madonna over a previous book, though he adds he still adores her. He is also a big fan of Oscar Wilde about whom he speaks intensely and of his importance to the gay cause.
Everett is generous with his advice to young aspiring actors “if you want to get a head, get a life first” and don’t be afraid of failing; “failure is the manure” that’s keeps you going and brings success in the end. At the end of the hour the applause is resounding and a longs queue springs up at the festival bookshop to buy the new memoir .