09 August, 2009

"Dubai refuses Sex and the City filming"

The National reports: 

The Dubai Government has refused permission for parts of the sequel of Sex and the City... to be filmed at Dubai Studio City.
Dubai Studio City said the producers of Sex and the City 2 had submitted the script to Location Approval Services (LAS).
“In accordance with its standard procedures, LAS referred the script to the relevant government authority to review the same by taking into consideration the multicultural fabric of the society and its perceptions,” Dubai Studio City said in a statement.
Further to the recommendation of the government authority, the request for filming was declined.

Personally, I think this is a great decision. The first SatC movie was a disaster and nothing compared to the original HBO series. Dubai government should certainly not allow this madness to continue.

On a serious note though, the first film was not shown in the UAE and it'll be safe to assume the second won't be screened here either. If that is the case, what difference would it have made if one was shot with Burj Al Arab / Ski Dubai in the backdrop? Dubai's general theme goes with the glitz and the glamour of the show. 

13 comments:

unJane said...

Because that would smack of hypocrisy. Like selling clothes that no one is allowed to wear.

Lirun said...

i think its a shame.. especially given efforts to create studio city.. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117954915.html?categoryid=2379&cs=1

its interesting that dubai will however accept films that saudi arabian studios cannot make..

i guess its all relative..

hemlock said...

unJane: so far, no one has been arrested for dressing 'indecently'. arrests have been made for 'cross-dressing'.
from what i understand of the 'awareness campaign' people are so far only being handed out leaflets advising them on a generally acceptable code of dressing. no one has been punished for not adhering to it. hence there remains an element of choice... if you choose to respect the Emirati culture or not...
the way people dress in Dubai is NOT the way people dress in Sharjah, AD or the other four emirates...

Lirun: what i find more interesting is that Sex and the City was banned while movies actually offensive to the senses - like Hannibal rising and Eastern Promises - were shown in cinemas.

the only thing i get from this is that consensual sex is worse than cannibalism and slaughtering of people.

rosh said...

..meh..Samantha's lost her grove anyway.

fellow atheist said...

hemlock,

I always thought consensual sex between adults was the most evil thing of all evils. How can you even compare that to cannibalism!

Honestly though, I think the name Sex and the City did not go too well with the 'officials'. Had it been under a different name, I doubt the overall thing would have been rejected.

Don't care if they want to allow them to shoot or not. I would have given permission, but hey.. whatever. At the end of the day, it is going to be a crappy movie.

nick said...

omg I thought that the second movie was just a horrible horrible rumor - are they seriously coming out with another one? The first film was utter rubbish compared to the series, and I can't even imagine what kind of a scrapbook-stroy they're going to play out this time.

Maybe instead they should feature the producers in the upcoming Saw VI so we won't have to sit thru a third installment?

Dubai Jazz said...

Charlotte Gets Dumped Again

The ‘Sex and the City’ waspy star Kristin Davis was just dumped by Oxfam as a spokesperson for the human rights group due to her endorsement deal with an Israeli cosmetics company, Ahava.

It took some pressure by activists across North America and Europe to get Oxfam to see the hypocrisy in a human rights spokesperson also endorsing a company that belongs to an Apartheid regime.

Apparently, Davis had done her due diligence: “She also stressed her shared beliefs with Ahava in treating animals and the environment with respect.” The oppression of Palestinians and the confiscation of their human rights apparently did not make the agenda.

......

You can read the rest here:

http://www.kabobfest.com/2009/08/charlotte-gets-dumped-again.html

Lirun said...

well done dubai jazz on the investigative.. tenuous link but a link nonetheless.. i knew it was all my fault :) again

BuJassem said...

I bet it would have been allowed if they called the sequel "Cuddle in the City"

Ishkandar said...
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Ishkandar said...

Hypocricy has always been the trademark of Dubai administration... Prostitution flurishes here and everybody knows that! It is not "Sex and the City" the major issue...

movieworldactres said...

Let us hope for the best.

Anonymous said...

the way people dress in Dubai is NOT the way people dress in Sharjah, AD or the other four emirates...

Exactly.

Also, there have been instances of police issuing warnings to club goers outside of clubs, as they leave, for the way they were dressed or the way they were hanging on eachother. Happened to a friend of mine not a week ago.

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