Christopher Nolan's Tenet slammed by charity for 'normalising violence against women'

THE UK’s No1 movie, Tenet, has made a major impression on viewers – but not always for the right reasons.

Christopher Nolan’s physics-bending epic features harrowing scenes of The Night Manager star Elizabeth Debicki’s character being threatened, physically attacked, held hostage and seriously wounded by her husband, played by Kenneth Branagh, who is black-mailing her into remaining in their abusive marriage.

Now one of the country’s leading domestic violence charities has spoken out about the more unsavoury aspects of Tenet’s plot, as well as the revelation that bosses had to cut scenes of a man kicking a woman in order to land a 12A ­certificate.

Women’s Aid spokeswoman Ruth Mason said: “It is important to portray domestic abuse respon-sibly, based on survivors’ experiences.

“We know how important the cinema is for many people, and we encourage all film-makers not to ­contribute to the normalising of violence against women and girls.

"Responsibly executed dramas can raise awareness, alongside giving information about how survivors can get help and support. Domestic abuse is more than a storyline.”

In a call to action for the film industry, she added: “Done the right way, these portrayals can change the way we think about domestic abuse and the support we give survivors, and be life-saving.”

Tenet, which also stars Robert Pattinson and John David Washington, has been dubbed the first post-lockdown ­blockbuster after boosting UK and Ireland cinema receipts by 354 per cent following its release at the end of last month.

I now hope the message from Women’s Aid will be just as impactful as the movie has been.


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