Based on the classic novel by Oscar Wilde, DORIAN GRAY tells the story of a strikingly beautiful young man named Dorian (Ben Barnes - THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA).He arrives in Victorian London and is swept into a social whirlwind by the charismatic Henry Wotton (Colin Firth - MAMMA MIA), who introduces Dorian to the hedonistic pleasures of the city. When a portrait of Dorian is unveiled, such is its beauty that he makes a pledge: he would give anything to stay as he is in the picture - even his soul. DORIAN GRAY examines the destructive power of beauty, the blind pursuit of pleasure and the darkness that can result.
Oscar Wilde's Picture of Dorian Gray has been adapted for the cinema a number of times before, most memorably in 1945 with the wonderfully machiavellian George Sanders as the seductive Lord Henry Wotton, who teaches Dorian his pernicious creed and creates a monster. The story of the boy who sells his soul to stay young and beautiful seems particularly relevant to our own youth and beauty obsessed age, and is no doubt why director Oliver Parker was happy to tackle a third Wilde adaptation (he and producer Barnaby Thompson were behind adaptations of An Ideal Husband and The Importance of Being Earnest).
Cast: Ben Barnes, Colin Firth, Rebecca Hall, Ben Chaplin
Directed by Oliver Parker
Scriptwriter: Toby Finlay
Movie in English with subtitles in Latvian and Russian.
John Hollingworth, Colin Firth, Caroline Goodall