The screenplay is partly based on accounts of an historical female anchorite, Christine Carpenter, who was walled into her anchorhold in a village church in Surrey, England, in 1329. The story revolves around the girl's mystical visions of the Virgin Mary, the Priest who walls her into his village church, and his dislike of her mother, a midwife whom he regards as a witch.
The film is shot in black-and-white and visually resembles the works of Danish filmmaker Carl Theodor Dreyer, especially The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928).
Natalie Morse as Christine Carpenter
Gene Bervoets as Reeve (as Eugene Bervoets)
Toyah Willcox as Pauline Carpenter
Pete Postlethwaite as William Carpenter
Christopher Eccleston as Priest
Michael Pas as Drover
Brenda Bertin as Meg Carpenter
Annette Badland as Mary
Veronica Quilligan as Daisy
Julie T. Wallace as Bertha
Ann Way as Alice
François Beukelaers as Bishop
Jan Decleir as Mason
David Boyce as Ragged Martin
Mieke De Groote as Ragged Martin's Wife
Erik Konstantyn as Carter
Hugo Harold Harrison as Priest's Boy
The BFI released Anchoress on DVD in 2009. It includes various short films by director Chris Newby.