Fifty Shades of Grey opened in Durban on Thursday night with mothers and girls flocking to cinemas to see the film interpretation of E L James’s best-selling erotic novel.
At the Pavilion’s NuMetro fans clamoured to be among the first people around the world to watch the first screening.
Jacqui Russouw said: “I read the book and it was not the best. It was terrible, but I had to see this movie because it is so different. It is so out of what you would normally be reading and there was a whole bunch of girls who got together and we said, ‘Let’s leave the husbands behind and let’s just go watch it.’”
Delia Harris said: “I was curious. I have not read the book, so it is a new experience. All the women have been talking about it, so I came to see if it lives up to what the hype is all about.”
Jennifer Sani said: “I just want to see Christian Grey. I’m looking forward to learning something from the movie; learn some moves, maybe I can teach my man.
“The special scenes I want to see is how Christian uses his whip. I want to see the Red Room of Pain and what goes on in there.”
Not everyone was excited to have people know she had come to view the movie.
When approached, one group of friends among the heaving crowd looked like children caught out doing something wrong.
“My parents don’t know I am here. They would kill me if they were to find out I was here to watch Fifty Shades of Grey,” one girl said.
Men were not be allowed into the cinema. Davan Moodley, who had come with his wife, was turned away, and told that the movie night was only open to women.
He said he booked his ticket online and was never told that men would not be allowed.
“I was looking forward to a movie night with my wife because I had promised her for a very long time that I would come and now this is what they are telling me – tonight is only ladies. I am cross,” Moodley said.
Gay men were also told they would have to wait just a little while longer.
More than 1 000 Zulu Rum cocktails were handed out to the women.