Natalie Dormer responds to criticisms of “gratuitous nudity” in new film In Darkness

Actress Natalie Dormer, best known for her role as Margaery Tyrell in Game of Thrones, has defended a new film she co-wrote and stars in after it was criticised for scenes of “gratuitous nudity” by the Hollywood Reporter.

In the film, Dormer stars as a blind musician who hears a murder committed in the apartment upstairs, sending her down a dark path into London’s gritty criminal underworld.

“The film infuses its fairly generic storyline with some audacious stylistic devices, such as a sequence intercutting the ritual religious washing of Veronique’s corpse with images of Sofia showering, the latter complete with gratuitous nudity”, reads the review.

In response, Dormer has said that the scenes were an important part of her character’s representation. Speaking to The Guardian, she said: “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 lovemaking scene, is a metaphor for the way my character connects with the part played by Ed Skrein […] 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 currently has an audience score of just 36% on Rotten Tomatoes. You can watch the trailer for the film, which is out now, above.

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