By Emma Jones
Entertainment reporter, BBC News in Berlin
Taylor-Johnson (right) previously directed the Beatles-based biopic Nowhere Boy
The film version of erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey has premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in Germany.
Novelist EL James attended the event with director Sam Taylor-Johnson and stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson.
“It’s an extremely romantic movie and at the heart of it, it is a love story,” Taylor-Johnson told reporters. “I think we’ve got that balance right.”
The 18-certificate film has its UK premiere in London later, ahead of a worldwide release on 13 February.
Accompanied by her husband, actor Aaron Johnson, Taylor-Johnson – formerly Taylor-Wood – said she was “very nervous and excited” at the thought of screening the film to an international audience
The visual artist turned film-maker said she was “proud of what we’ve achieved” and “proud of [her] cast”, which also includes singer Rita Ora and Oscar-winning actress Marcia Gay Harden.
James’s Fifty Shades trilogy details the sadomasochistic affair between a young student, Anastasia Steele, and a billionaire businessman, Christian Grey.
Often sneered at as “mummy porn” for its explicit sex scenes, the British author’s books have sold more than 100 million copies worldwide.
Author EL James said she was looking forward to having “a gin and tonic”
Reviews for the film have ranged between one and four stars. The Guardian called it “the most purely tasteful and soft-core depiction of sadomasochism in cinema history”, while the Telegraph said it had “worked out… almost shockingly well”.
Taylor-Johnson, however, insisted she “never” reads reviews. “I just don’t bother with them anymore,” she told reporters in Berlin.
“You can read really lovely things, and then one bad review stays with you forever. You focus on that and don’t think …read more
Source:: BBC Entertainment