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Anchoress (DVD)


Chris Newby’s poetic debut feature addresses the gulf between patriarchal power and female ritual and rebellion against the backdrop of a remote Medieval village

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With a cast that includes Christopher Eccleston, Pete Postlethwaite and Toyah Wilcox, Chris Newby's (Madagascar Skin) poetic debut feature, Anchoress, is a visually arresting story of religious conflict set in the 14th century, in which a young girl's transcendental vision threatens to upset the foundations of her community.

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 in a remote Medieval village whilst also addressing the gulf between patriarchal power and female ritual and rebellion.

Featuring stunning cinematography by Michael Baudour, this DVD was mastered from original negatives, and also includes three short films by Chris Newby.

  • The Old Man of the Sea (1989, 21 mins)
  • Flicker (2001, 4 mins)
  • Stromboli (1998, 11 mins)
  • Fully illustrated booklet with film essays, biography and historical documents
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SKU 5035673007884
Catalogue Number BFIVD788
Subtitle A film by Chris Newby
Product contents 1 disc
Year 1993
Director Newby, Chris
Format DVD
Publisher(s) BFI
Countries United Kingdom
Aspect ratio 16:09
Colour Black & White
Sound Sound
Subtitles English language, with optional hard-of-hearing subtitles
Language(s) English
Running time 104 min
DVD region 2
Certificate 12
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