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Monday 20 November 2017

Church-run cinema denies banning '50 Shades of Grey’

Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey
Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey
Jamie Dornan in 50 Shades of Grey

Greg Harkin

A Church-run cinema has denied banning '50 Shades of Grey’ from being shown.

A voluntary group running the cinema at St Mary's said they were shocked by a report in today's Inishowen Independent which said it had banned the movie.

"We never got the rights to show it," said chairman Adam Rory Porter.

"We can only show one film per day and the distributors said it had to be shown four times per day and we can't do that at a small church hall cinema.

"We are going to try again to see if we can get it and then take a decision but if Universal says 'no' then the decision is taken already. We never ever banned the film."

Earlier s spokesman for the management of the cinema in the town confirmed the movie starring Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson “will definitely not be shown at St Mary’s”.

Christian campaigners in Donegal have welcomed the decision. The parishioner who asked management not to show the 18-rated sex and bondage movie said it promoted violence against women.

“The whole film is purely about sexual content and there is so much sexual violence in it. It couldn’t possibly happen under the church, they couldn’t possibly put a film like this out,” said Mary Doherty, an anti-divorce and anti-abortion campaigner.

“It is violence against women and to say it is not and to say it is just a bit of joke and laugh is very seriously wrong.

“People do a lot of things out of curiosity and they will see this and will think it is acceptable and okay and that there is nothing wrong with this. There are people out there that are vulnerable and people that are going to abuse women and this is an opportunity for them to see it as acceptable to abuse women.

“There is trafficking going on in our world, but it isn’t any wonder why, they are getting away with it. It shouldn’t be shown anywhere, it is bad enough that these things are on the Internet and now they are bringing it to the cinema.”

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