“I saw people reading the paperback editions of FIFTY SHADES OF GREY on the New York subway, which I don’t think you would’ve seen a generation ago.” ~SARA NELSON (Editorial Director for *Amazon Books), regarding her observation of women (and men) publicly and openly reading the bestselling novel literally everywhere they went.
Today’s New Release: FIFTY SHADES UNCOVERED (A Documentary)
The highest and fastest selling adult novel of ALL TIME (over 100 million copies) has now jettisoned sadomasochism and dominatrix-styled hijinks into the mainstreamer’s bedroom with sales surpassing both ”The Da Vinci Code” and the whole “Harry Potter” book series. The book trilogy (“Fifty Shades of Grey,” “Fifty Shades Darker,” “Fifty Shades Freed”) is classified as erotic fiction, but their author insists on calling them adult romance, as her goal was to make a “Twilight-esque” equivalent to erotic fan fiction. These books, and now the new film, FIFTY SHADES OF GREY starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, have caused sex-toy sales to jump 626% since the very first publication!!! Damn, are we sexually repressed! In this documentary, which was just released last week in the U.K. (See, we here at BIGSTAR nabbed some brand new s***!), the worldwide phenomenon by writer E.L. James is debated and dissected from pretty much all walks of English life. One of the book’s harshest (and hilarious) critics is feminist British comedian and writer Jenny “I don’t get it” Eclair. Her funniest observation is about the old-school (what she considers) male chauvinism of Christian Grey-like men, going into a restaurant, and trying to be assertive and sexy by ordering the woman’s meal for her; “Can you imagine, going to a restaurant and your partner says, “The lady will have the Dover Sole, and a side salad.”? No, she won’t. I think you’ll find the LADY will have the steak & chips, you t**t!”. (NOTE: Jenny, I don’t get the whole phenomenon surge either, but I respect its momentous power; you kind of HAVE to, I think, even if just a smidge.)
This is a fun documentary where you get a lot of skeptical debate about the unrealistic merits of Grey’s sex contract with the clueless Anastasia Steele. Comediennes, comics, writers, feminists, psychologists, models… they all weigh-in on the international appeal of these books and upcoming films, and how they may or may not project unhealthy expectations between men and women sexually, in a modern westernized world that’s so desperately trying to eliminate both sexism and violence against women, and increase equality awareness. Whether you care to see the film or not, or even start on any of the three books, this is a documentary that plays fast and loose, and is enjoyable to watch. If you hate absolutely EVERYTHING about FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, you’ll truly love Jenny Eclair! She doesn’t give a rat’s (expletive).
Written, Directed & Produced by Sonia Anderson
Appearances by: Chris White, Jenny Eclair, Emily Agnes, Philip Hodson, Aura Borellis, Lauren Bowgen, Philip Goulding, Mistress Josephine
Tagline: 50 SHADES OF GREY Fiction, Films & Fans