Forget chocolate and champagne - this year, one film is hoping Valentine’s Day is all about whips and gags.
Hollywood’s take on EL James’ novel Fifty Shades of Grey will be released this Thursday and while sales of sex toys are predicted to reach £50 million, some campaigners fear the movie could glamourise domestic violence in relationships.
Natalie Collins, who runs the campaign group Fifty Shades Is Domestic Abuse joined Headline London with Dami Olonisakin, an author of erotic novels, and writer, broadcaster and sex heath columnist Nicky Hodgson.
Fifty Shades Is Domestic Abuse will be protesting the film’s premiere.
The three debate whether there is a direct link to abuse, whether the book is an accurate representation of a BDSM lifestyle and if retailers are over-exploiting the popularity of the Fifty Shades phenomenon.