St. Vincent to Direct New Adaptation of ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’

Annie Clark plays with gender in adaptation of the Victorian classic

It appears that musician Annie Clark, aka St. Vincent, will be revisiting a classic. First published in 1890, Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray tells the story of an artist who sells his soul for eternal youth after being painted in a beautiful portrait. The only catch: Dorian ages in the painting instead of in real life.

It’s a tantalizing story written with the sharp-tongued wit of Oscar Wilde. The novel has been adapted to film and theatre numerous times since it was first published, and Clark will be revisiting the story in film with a woman-focused approach. Though this isn’t the first time gender has been rewritten in a Dorian Gray adaptation, Clark’s track record promises something unique.

This isn’t the first time Clark has stepped into the role of filmmaker. Earlier this year, she made her cinematic debut with an episode from a horror series called XX. The episode she directed, entitled “The Birthday Party,” was as disturbing as it was funny, and it revealed Clark’s style, which we can hopefully look forward to seeing more of in this upcoming adaptation. The series itself was centred around women in film, particularly women directors and performers.

Feature photo courtesy Tristan Loper via Flickr.