Game of Thrones actress Natalie Dormer has responded after her new film faced criticism for showcasing “gratuitous nudity”.
Dormer has written In Darkness, which sees her star as a blind musician who launches a shadowy investigation after overhearing the murder of her upstairs neighbor.
Upon release in America, the film received mixed reviews – and criticism of its explicit content.
“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”, the Hollywood Reporter wrote at the time of release.
Another review from RogerEbert.com accused it of “sadistic relish”.
Dormer has now responded to the criticism for the first time, claiming that the scenes were an essential part of her character’s representation on screen.
““There has to be sexuality in the power play of a thriller. We have all got bodies, after all”, she told The Guardian.
“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.”
Dormer added: “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.”
Meanwhile, Game Of Thrones will return for its seventh and final season in 2019.