Anchoress DVD

Chris Newby, 1993


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Film Details

Directed by Chris Newby

Produced in 1993

Main Language - English

Countries & Regions - European Film, British Film

Film Description

A visually arresting story of religious conflict set in medieval England, where a peasant girl is so attracted to a statue of the Virgin Mary she is walled up in a church as an anchoress, a holy woman with responsibility for blessing villagers. Then the priest has her mother tried as a witch, so she digs herself out of her cell - a crime for which the punishment is death.

Inspired by the records of the real Anchoress of Shere, Christine Carpenter (who was voluntarily walled up in a tiny cell adjoining a church), Anchoress vividly evokes life of a remote medieval village whilst also addressing the gulf between patriarchal power and female ritual and rebellion.

DVD Details

Certificate: 12

Publisher: BFI

Length: 104 mins

Aspect ratio: 1.33:1

Format: DVD B&W

Region: 2

Released: 22nd June 2009

Cat No: BFIVD788

Subtitles: English HoH

DVD Extras

  • Three short films by Chris Newby: The Old Man of the Sea (1989), Flicker (2001) and Stromboli (1998)
  • Fully illustrated booklet with film essays, biography and historical documents.

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