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Anchoress 12 rating

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.

Historical drama 1993 109 mins

Director: Christopher Newby

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Overview

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.

With a cast that includes Christopher Eccleston, Pete Postlethwaite and Toyah Wilcox, Chris Newby's (Madagascar Skin) poetic debut feature, Anchoress, is the 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.

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