AceShowbiz - Natalie Dormer has responded to reviews which criticised the sexual content of her new film "In Darkness".
The former "Game of Thrones" actress stars in and co-wrote the thriller with her partner, Anthony Byrne, who directed, with Ed Skrein and Emily Ratajkowski also featuring.
Natalie plays a blind pianist who becomes involved in the criminal world after overhearing the death of her neighbour, and though the film has received mixed reviews, she was particularly taken by those who took issue with a sex scene and a shower sequence.
"There has to be sexuality in the power play of a thriller," she insisted in an interview with The Guardian. "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 equaliser and the shower scene also shows the tattoos on my character's body and makes it clear she is not quite who you think."
The 36-year-old insisted that the risque scenes - described as "gratuitous nudity" by the Hollywood Reporter - were "being true to the genre," and also explained that writing the screenplay prompted her to revise her view of sexism in screenwriting.
"I wanted to make this film because of the lack of rounded, flawed female characters in films. But when Anthony and I started writing I had a kind of epiphany about how hard it is to make the love interest, in this case the man played by Ed, into a developed, 3D character," she recalled. "We both saw the problem and I understood how hard it is when you are writing from the other point of view. You don't want them to become just a plot device. So I thought, 'Oh, all these male white heterosexual writers have not necessarily been conspiring against women, it is just they are so obsessed with the main character, that they can't help it.'"