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Anchoress (film)

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Director  Chris Newby
Producers  Paul Breuls, Ben Gibson
Language  English
6.2/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama
Country  United Kingdom
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Writer  Judith Stanley-Smith, Christine Watkins
Release date  10 September 1993 (1993-09-10)
Initial release  September 10, 1993 (United Kingdom)
Screenplay  Judith Stanley-Smith, Christine Watkins
Cast  Natalie Morse (Christine Carpenter), Eugene Bervoets (Reeve), Toyah Willcox (Pauline Carpenter), Pete Postlethwaite (William Carpenter), Christopher Eccleston (Priest), Michael Pas (Drover)
Similar movies  The Pleasure Girls (1965)
Tagline  Ecstasy and orthodoxy in the 14th century!

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Anchoress is a 1993 British drama film directed by Chris Newby. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival.


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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).

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  • 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
  • Fran├žois 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
  • Home media

    The BFI released Anchoress on DVD in 2009. It includes various short films by director Chris Newby.


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