50 Shades of Grey to screen for UAE censors

UAE censors to watch the film on Thursday ahead of planned March 5 release date
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Controversial American erotic film ‘50 Shades of Grey’ will be screened for UAE censors this Thursday ahead of a cinema release date currently scheduled for March 5.

The film, which is the first in a trilogy by British author E. L. James, tells the story of the deepening relationship between a college graduate, Anastasia Steele, and a young billionaire businessman, Christian Grey.

It is famous for containing a high number of explicitly erotic scenes featuring sexual practices involving bondage and sadomasochism.

It was rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) due to its "strong sexual content including dialogue, some unusual behaviour and graphic nudity, and ... language."

Starring Irish actor Jamie Dornan and American newcomer Dakota Johnson, the film will hold its world premiere on Wednesday, February 11, at the Berlin International Film Festival and will be released worldwide by Universal Pictures on Friday, February 13.

However, a representative from Five Star Films in Dubai, which is managing the distribution of the film in the UAE, told Arabian Business the “general consensus” was the movie will be given a banned rating following a screening for UAE censors on Thursday, February 12 and is unlikely to be granted release to cinemas next month as scheduled.

 

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