No Fifty Shades of Grey in Dubai cinemas

Distributor decides against showing controversial film in UAE cinemas

Knowledge story, The Knowledge

The ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ film will not be shown in cinemas in the UAE after distributors decided against releasing it in cinemas.

The National Media Council said the film’s distributors, Four Star Films, withdrew the production from being theatrically released in the UAE following the council’s decision to cut 35 minutes from the 125-minute film.

Based on the book of the same name, the controversial movie follows the relationship billionaire Christian Grey and college student Anastasia Steele and features many explicit scenes.

The film received an R rating in the US, where it made $81.7 million at the box office when it opened last weekend, while in the UK the film was given an 18 certificate.

The National Media Council reviewed the film last Thursday in the presence of the distributors, who took the decision not to release it based on the editing required.

“We reviewed the movie in the presence of the distributor and after he realised how many inappropriate scenes there were, he took the decision not to show the movie himself, before we were able to make a decision,” Juma Al Leem, director of media content at the National Media Council, told 7Days newspaper.

“The movie had many inappropriate scenes, around 30 to 35 minutes of explicit scenes. Some of the explicit scenes were around seven minutes long each.”

Al Leem said the distributor decided that there was nothing to be gained from releasing the film with 35 minutes missing.

Countries that have banned the film include Malaysia, Kenya and Indonesia, while distributors in China have decided against releasing it.

This story originally appeared on Arabian Business.

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