“Game of Thrones” and “Picnic at Hanging Rock” actress Natalie Dormer has spoken out in defense of her new film “In Darkness” which she also co-wrote.
Anthony Byrne helmed the film which involves a blind pianist named Sofia (Dormer) who gets wrapped up in a murder mystery after the death of her neighbor Veronique (Emily Ratajkowski).
The controversy lies in the film’s use of nudity as a stylistic device, including a sequence where a ritual religious washing of Veronique’s corpse is juxtaposed with Dormer’s character showering and showing off essentially everything. Speaking with The Guardian (via Esquire), Dormer explained that creative choice:
“There has to be sexuality in the power play of a thriller. We have all got bodies, after all. In this film the sex scene, which for me was a love-making scene, is a metaphor for the way my character connects with the part played by Ed Skrein… Nakedness is a good equalizer and the shower scene also shows the tattoos on my character’s body and makes it clear she is not quite who you think.
If the lead characters do not have a clear connection, then it doesn’t work… And on screen it has to be a physical connection between two broken people. That was my intention. In a thriller the protagonists always have to join together somehow and sex represents that connection. If you are being true to the genre, you have to show this.”
“In Darkness” is currently available on Amazon and iTunes.