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Directed by Chris Newby
Produced in 1993
Main Language - English
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.
Length: 104 mins
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
Format: DVD B&W
Released: 22nd June 2009
Cat No: BFIVD788
Subtitles: English HoH
- 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- Fully illustrated booklet with film essays, biography and historical documents.