Dorian Gray

  • Directors: Oliver Parker
  • Producers: Barnaby Thompson
  • Writers: Toby Finlay
  • Genres: Drama
  • Actors: Ben Barnes, Colin Firth, Rebecca Hall, Ben Chaplin, Emilia Fox, Rachel Hurd Wood

When a naïve young Dorian (Ben Barnes) arrives in Victorian London, he is swept into a social whirlwind by the charismatic Lord Henry Wotton (Colin Firth), who introduces Dorian to the hedonistic pleasures of the city. Henry’s friend, society artist Basil Hallward (Ben Chaplin), paints a portrait of Dorian to capture the full power of his youthful beauty. When the portrait is unveiled, Dorian makes a flippant pledge: he would give anything to stay as he is in the picture — even his soul.

Dorian 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 Henry tells Dorian that having children is “the beginning of the end”, Dorian and Sibyl argue and he leaves her; the next day he learns from her brother “Jim” (James) that she killed herself and that she was going to have Dorian’s child before she did. His initial grief disappears as Henry persuades him that all events are mere experiences and without consequence, and his hedonistic lifestyle worsens, distancing him from a concerned Basil. Dorian goes home to find the portrait of himself warped and twisted and realises that his pledge has come true; while the portrait ages he remains ever-youthful, while his sins show as physical defects on the canvas. The chaos of the picture of Dorian Gray starts, leading to him actually killing Basil and dumping the body in the Thames after Basil sees the portrait.

A few months later, Henry is shown attempting to convince his ex-wife to allow him to talk to Emily, one side of his face badly burned by the fire, and the now-youthful portrait of Dorian Gray kept in his attic.

Me and Orson Welles

  • Directors: Richard Linklater
  • Producers: Ann Carli, Richard Linklater, Marc Samuelson
  • Writers: Screenplay, Holly Gent Palmo, Vincent Palmo Jr, Novel, Robert Kaplow
  • Genres: Drama
  • Actors: Zac Efron, Christian McKay, Claire Danes, Ben Chaplin

In New York in 1937, 17-year-old Richard Samuels (Efron) meets theatre director Orson Welles (McKay), whom he convinces to give him the role of Lucillus in Julius Caesar, Broadway’s first Shakespearean production. Welles, who is having an extramarital affair with the leading actress while his wife is pregnant, couples Richard with production assistant Sonja Jones (Danes) to rehearse. Welles decides the entire production crew would benefit from a coupling game, and Richard cheats to ensure he is paired with Sonja.[1]