'50 Shades of Grey' banned in Zim?

HARARE - Controversial movie 50 Shades of Grey, which premiered last Friday at Ster Kinekor Eastgate and Westgate, won’t be shown again in Zimbabwe, it has emerged.

Well-placed sources told the Daily News yesterday that the Censorship Board of Zimbabwe only gave permission to the heavily-censored version of the erotic movie to be shown once during the premiere on February 13.

Due to the heavy censorship of the movie, which was adapted from a 2011 novel by British Author E.L. James, Ster Kinekor Sam Levy’s Village boycotted the premiere of the global blockbuster movie which grossed over $400 million dollars worldwide in one week.

Ster Kinekor Eastgate administrator Grace Mutorengwa confirmed that they had stopped showing the movie.

“It was never meant to be shown again. Anyway I am not in the office can you call me again in an hour when I will be able to give you the full details,” she said.

Efforts to get hold of her an hour later were fruitless as her phone went from being unanswered, to being unreachable.

Usually when a film is premiered, it is immediately shown at movie houses for a few months.

But after the movie had been heavily censored, Ster Kinekor convinced the Censorship Board of Zimbabwe to authorise a once-off screening.

“So much input had been put into advertising and it was going to be a raw deal for the movie goers as they were eagerly anticipating the premiere.

“They (Ster Kinekor) managed to convince the Censorship Board of Zimbabwe to allow a one-off premiere,” said the source who requested anonymity.

The controversial movie has been banned in several countries including Kenya, Papua New Guinea, and Malaysia.

Due to the bans and censorship in many countries the film has become one of the most pirated movies of all time.

According to perezhilton.com about 300 000 illegal copies were downloaded in the first three days alone.

This was far higher than 198 873 pirated copies of last year’s biggest hit Guardians of the Galaxy which were downloaded in its opening weekend.

The movie, which stars Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele and Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey, is the first instalment in the Fifty Shades trilogy that traces the deepening relationship between a college graduate, Anastasia Steele, and a young business magnate, Christian Grey.

Comments (3)

This is definitely in-line, we cannot allow our morals to be compromised by certain countries' material.

Professor of Law - 22 February 2015

If people can read the novels, then this movie must just be screened without issues. What this ban will do is just move the venue from Public Movie Houses to Private lounges were our young daughters will be even more vulnerable to whoever they will watch with. Public is better - allow it to be viewed.

UnBanked - 23 February 2015


MPHO - 10 March 2015

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