EL James’ bestselling Fifty Shades of Grey will be coming to the big screen and it’s just been announced that the lead roles will be taken by Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson. The news puts an end to months of speculation that saw the likes of Channing Tatum, Ryan Gosling, Emma Watson and Emilia Clarke touted as being in the running to play Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele.
The movie will be directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson and is scheduled for release in August of next year. The steamy novel is going to make for interesting viewing, but while you’re waiting to see it, why not have a look at one of these other shades of colour in the world of cinema?
One of the most controversial films ever made, A Clockwork Orange is an adaptation of Anthony Burgess’ novella by the same name. it centres on the exploits of Alex (Malcolm McDowell), a psychopathic youth who loves classical music and extreme acts of violence. Ably assisted by his ‘droogs’, he and his gang go on a wild crime spree until Alex is captured and subjected to psychological reconditioning.
The movie is, for the most part, faithful to Burgess’ story, the only real change being at the end. This was apparently due to Kubrick basing the script on the American edition of the book which had had its final chapter excised by the publisher. Kubrick allegedly hadn’t read the original, full length version until the screenplay was almost done, by which point he decided against using it, believing it to be too unrealistic. He preferred to leave Alex as a psychopath at heart, regardless of treatment.
The film did well in America but was banned in Britain over fears of copycat crimes. A number of cases cited the film as an influence in the actions of criminals, most notably the case of a fourteen year old boy accused of manslaughter. Director Stanley Kubrick dismissed such notions, stating that art reflected life, not the other way round and despite the depiction of psychological manipulation in the film, nobody could be forced to do something which was against their innate nature.