Armagh man behind camera on ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ movie

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Armagh man Seamus McGarvey’s cinematography on the much anticipated movie ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ has been lauded as ‘tasteful’ and ‘artistic’.

The erotic book has been adapted for the big screen and might have been a tricky task for film makers.

Seamus McGarvey

Seamus McGarvey

However as the trailer is released, it has been applauded for striking the right note.

The Times has been given a copy of the trailer to give you a taster of what the movie is all about. It has been slightly edited to spare blushes.

Director of Photography on the movie was Seamus McGarvey who last year was nominated for an Oscar for his work on Anna Karenina.

And as the trailer goes viral ahead of the movie’s opening next week, Eloise Mumford, who plays lead Anastasia Steel’s best friend Kate Kavanagh, said: “I knew right away it would be tasteful and artistic. In the end, the story is really a romance and a love story so it’s about that more than anything.”

Mumford said that director Sam Taylor-Johnson, of “Nowhere Boy” fame, is to thank for keeping the film’s integrity intact. “She’s such a great director,” said the 27-year-old actress who also praised cinematographer Seamus McGarvey for the look and feel of ‘Fifty Shades’.

“He did ‘Anna Karenina,’” she said. “It’s going to be beautiful.”

While Mumford didn’t give any hints about what filmgoers can expect when E.L. James’ best-selling book comes to theatres in February (the cast has reportedly been “sworn to secrecy”), she did rave about the film’s two leading stars.

Mumford said that 24-year-old Dakota Johnson who will play the virginal Ms. Steele to 32-year-old Northern Ireland native Jamie Dornan’s BDSM-practicing Christian Grey are ‘the perfect pair to play Ana and Christian’.

Seamus is no stranger to top accolades and was nominated for an Oscar for the movie Atonement in 2008.

The Armagh man’s other movies include The Hours, The Avengers and We Need to Talk About Kevin.

The 47-year-old started as a still photographer and moved on to shooting short films and documentaries in the 1980s and has photographed and directed more than 100 music videos for artists such as U2, The Rolling Stones and Coldplay.

His credits as a cinematographer include Oliver Stone’s World Trade Center, starring Nicolas Cage, The Hours, directed by Stephen Daldry, starring Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep and Julianne Moore, for which he earned the Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Technical/Artistic Achievement; the action-adventure film Sahara, starring Matthew McConaughey and Penélope Cruz, for which he won the Irish Film and Television Award for Best Cinematography and many more.

Based on a book which has been described by some as “mummy porn”, it has been given an 18 certificate by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC).

The film, which contains “strong sex and nudity”, is due for release on 13 February.

James’s trilogy of Fifty Shades books have reportedly sold more than 100 million copies worldwide and been translated into more than 50 languages.

In the US the film has been given an R rating, meaning those under 17 years old can watch it if accompanied by an adult.