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Dorian Gray British promotional poster Directed by Oliver Parker Produced by Barnaby Thompson Screenplay by Toby Finlay Based on the novel The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890) by Oscar Wilde Starring [clarification needed] Ben Barnes Colin Firth Rebecca Hall Ben Chaplin Emilia Fox Rachel Hurd-Wood Music by Charlie Mole Cinematography Roger Pratt Editing by Guy Bensley Distributed by Momentum Pictures Release date(s) 9 September 2009 (2009-09-09) Running time 112 minutes Country United Kingdom Language English Gross revenue £2,967,711[1] Dorian Gray is a 2009 British fantasy, thriller, drama film adaptation of Oscar Wilde's 1890 novel The Picture of Dorian Gray. This version is directed by Oliver Parker, written by Toby Finlay (his first screenplay), and stars Ben Barnes as Dorian Gray and Colin Firth as Lord Henry Wotton. The film, which was released in the United Kingdom on 9 September 2009, [2] was nominated for Best Film at the 2009 Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival.[3] Contents 1 Plot 2 Cast 3 Production 4 Differences from the novel 5 See also 6 References 7 External links Plot When a naïve young Dorian Gray (Barnes) arrives in a train to Victorian London, he is swept into a social whirlwind by the charismatic Lord Henry Wotton (Firth), who introduces Gray to the hedonistic pleasures of the city. Lord Henry's friend, society artist Basil Hallward (Ben Chaplin), paints a portrait of Gray to capture the full power of his youthful beauty. When the portrait is unveiled, Gray makes a flippant pledge: he would give anything to stay as he is in the picture — even his soul. Gray meets and falls in love with young budding actress Sibyl Vane (Rachel Hurd-Wood). After a few weeks, he proposes marriage to her, but after Lord Henry tells Gray that having children is "the beginning of the end", he takes Gray to a brothel. This breaks Sibyl's heart as Gray leaves her; drowning herself soon after. Gray learns of this next day from her brother "Jim" (James), who tells Gray that Sybil was pregnant. Jim then tries to kill Gray before being restrained and carried off by the authorities. His initial grief disappears as Lord Henry persuades him that all events are mere experiences and without consequence, and his hedonistic lifestyle worsens, distancing him from a concerned Hallward. Gray goes home to find the portrait of himself warped and twisted and realises that his pledge has come true; ever youthful while portrait ages, its owner's sins showing as physical defects on the canvas. The chaos of the portrait of Gray starts, leading him to actually kill Hallward after telling him his secret with the artist intent on destroying it, dumping the body in the River Thames after hacking it to bits. Having left London to travel for many years, Gray returns to London and during the welcome-back party the guests are awed to see that he has not aged in all those years that he has been away and he still has the charming face that made everyone fall in love. He also finds himself becoming close to Lord Henry's daughter, Emily (Rebecca Hall), a member of the UK suffragette movement, despite Lord Henry's distaste for such a relationship based on Gray's lifestyle and unnatural appearance. Although Gray appears genuinely interested in changing his ways as he spends time with Emily, matters are complicated when he is confronted by James, still seeking revenge for his sister's death; despite Gray's attempts to drive off his suspicions by pointing out his apparent age, James nevertheless deduces Gray's true identity, only to be killed in an accident during the chase in the underground subways. As Gray makes arrangements to leave London with Emily, Lord Henry's study of old photographs makes him remember the time when he teased Gray to deal with the devil for eternal youth and beauty at the cost of his soul. This prompts him to go and look in Gray's house for the portrait which he thinks holds the mystery to Gray's fountain of youth. In the subsequent confrontation between the two men, Lord Henry is able to knock Gray out when he tries to kill him because of Emily's calls downstairs and he throws a lit lamp at the portrait, causing it to catch fire. Lord Henry locks the gate of the attic, breaking a gas lamp to ensure Gray and the painting are destroyed, before his daughter sees the ruckus as she pleads with Gray for the key. Gray, after seeing her and realizing that he really loves her, turns his back as Lord Henry drags his daughter out of the house. Gray then decides to end it all; stabbing the portrait with his years catching up to him before his decayed body is consumed in the explosion. A few months later, scarred from the explosion and after attempting to reconcile with Emily through Agatha over the phone, Lord Henry heads to his attic where he keeps now-youthful portrait of Gray. Cast [clarification needed] Ben Barnes as Dorian Gray Colin Firth as Lord Henry Wotton Rebecca Hall as Emily Wotton Ben Chaplin as Basil Hallward Emilia Fox as Victoria, Lady Henry Wotton Rachel Hurd-Wood as Sibyl Vane Fiona Shaw as Agatha Maryam d'Abo as Gladys Pip Torrens as Victor Douglas Henshall as Alan Campbell Caroline Goodall as Lady Radley Michael Culkin as Lord Radley Johnny Harris as James Vane Production The film began shooting in summer 2008 at Ealing Studios and locations across London[4] and wrapped in October.[citation needed] The film received £500,000 of National Lottery funding via the UK Film Council's Premiere Fund.[4] Differences from the novel Lists of miscellaneous information should be avoided. Please relocate any relevant information into appropriate sections or articles. (November 2010) This section does not cite any references or sources. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (November 2010) In the film, Lord Henry takes Gray to a brothel where they indulge in opium and carnal intercourse, which makes Gray feel disillusioned to settling down with Sibyl Vane. In the novel, Gray's loss of affection stems from Sibyl's loss of acting talent due to the fact that her real love replaced her fictional ones when she acts on stage. Following the murder of Hallward, Gray hacks the body to place the pieces in a chest before dumping it and the remains separately into the Thames, whereas in the novel, Gray gets assistance from one Alan Campbell, a chemist, to destroy the artist's remains. Campbell then commits suicide. His character is rather minor in the film, where he has no part in the murder. In the original novel, Lord Henry does not have a child. The film reveals one – Emily who later feels deep affection for Gray, who returns her love. Emily is likely to be a substitute for Hetty, the vicar's daughter, whom Gray decides not to harm as a mark of his penance. Lord Henry has never inquired of Gray about his unchanging appearance let alone confront him as he does in the film. Also, at the climax, the destruction of Gray's portrait is highly stylized. Instead of using the knife with which he stabbed Hallward, Gray uses the coal iron to stab the portrait, which materializes and cries out in pain. Gray also seems to have stabbed Hallward with a shard of shattered glass. Many quotable lines from the novel are missing in the film. These often witty lines usually had little to do with the actual plot though and were typically said by Lord Henry in lengthy party or dinner settings, which were shortened correspondingly in the film. Lord Henry is believed to be a characterisation of how Wilde felt the public viewed him. [5] In the book, Hallward's character is implied to be sexually interested in Gray, and Gray is implied to be completely heterosexual; though neither is stated explicitly. However, in the film, Gray initiates a homosexual, physical side of the relationship at a party, to which Hallward responds, confused yet willing. See also Film portal London portal 2009 in film British films of 2009 List of drama films List of fantasy films List of thriller films References This article uses citations that consist of only bare URLs. Please consider adding proper citations so that the article remains verifiable in the future. Several templates and a tool are available to facilitate formatting. (April 2011) ^ ^ Archie Thomas (August 7, 2008). "Rebecca Hall joins 'Dorian Gray'". Variety. Retrieved September 12, 2008.  ^ ^ a b "Remake of Oscar Wilde Classic". September 9, 2008. Retrieved September 14, 2008.  ^ The Modern Library – a synopsis of the book coupled with a short biography of Oscar Wilde External links Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to: Dorian Gray (2009 film) Dorian Gray at the Internet Movie Database Dorian Gray at Rotten Tomatoes v · d · eFilms directed by Oliver Parker 1990s Othello (1995) · An Ideal Husband (1999) 2000s The Importance of Being Earnest (2002) · Fade to Black (2006) · I Really Hate My Job (2007) · St Trinian's (2007) · Dorian Gray (2009) · St. Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold (2009) 2010s Johnny English Reborn (2011)