Wednesday 22 November 2017

No 50 Shades of Grey as cinema can't cope with sex and bondage movie four times a day

St. Mary's Hall in Buncrana Co. Donegal which houses the local cinema where the film, "50 Shades of Grey" has come under protest
Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson in Fifty Shades of Grey
Jamie Dornan in 50 Shades of Grey

Greg Harkin

THERE will be no sex and bondage in one Donegal town after it emerged that the local cinema, run from a parish hall, can’t show the upcoming movie 50 Shades of Grey.

Christian groups hailed the “decision” as a moral victory.

But the row which has rocked Buncrana was much ado about nothing, according to the voluntary group which runs the cinema from St Mary’s Hall.

Indeed, chairman Adam Rory Porter says the cinema couldn’t show the 18-rated sex and bondage flick because distributors Universal said the cinema was too small.

Melanie Griffith's daughter Dakota Johnson in 50 Shades of Grey.
Melanie Griffith's daughter Dakota Johnson in 50 Shades of Grey.

“We never banned the movie. In fact, we had applied to show it but we were turned down,” he said.

“We only show one film per day and we were told we’d have to show it four times a day and we couldn’t do that.”

A committee will meet next Wednesday to discuss if they should ask Universal again for the rights to show the film.

“We rarely get first releases but after all the publicity maybe we might get this one after all,” said Mr Porter.

Fifty Shades of Grey book cover
Fifty Shades of Grey book cover

Earlier, Christian campaigner Mary Doherty had insisted the movie had been banned and hailed the “decision” as a victory – and not at all like something out of an episode of TV comedy Father Ted.

Mary Doherty said she has now “fallen out” with the management committee of the cinema over the steamy movie starring Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson. She runs a Christian group called Renew in the town.

“I don’t know why anyone finds it funny because the subject matter isn’t funny,” she told the Herald.

“I’m very upset about the fall-out though because the hall committee is very unhappy with all the publicity it is generating.

“This is very simple for me: the movie industry is pushing the boundaries all the time and they’ve pushed them again to the point where this is now a porn movie becoming mainstream.

“St Mary’s is a church hall. It may be leased out but it is still church property and the idea that this sort of filth would be shown anywhere, never mind on sacred church property, horrifies me and horrifies good people in Buncrana.

“Someone has to speak up about this filth, for that is what it is. I just hope there isn’t a U-turn.”

Parish priest Fr Francis Bradley said any decision on the film rested with the cinema management.

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“I am neither a promoter of, nor a protagonist against any movie, but I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone. That’s my personal opinion,” he said.

“This is not something I would want to go and see myself if the trailers on TV are anything to go by.”

Mrs Doherty added: “There are men who are going to abuse women. This film makes it acceptable to abuse women.”

hnews@herald.ie

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