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Anazapta dvd cover.jpg
DVD cover
Directed byAlberto Sciamma
Produced byMichael Cowan
Screenplay byHarriet Sand
Alberto Sciamma
StarringJason Flemyng
Lena Headey
Christopher Fairbank
Ian McNeice
Jeff Nuttall
Music byDan Jones
CinematographyAlastair Meux
Edited byGeorge Akers
Beyond Films
Enterprise Films
Great British Films
Spice Factory
Release date
  • 26 July 2002 (2002-07-26) (Germany)
Running time
105 min (DVD cut)
CountryUnited Kingdom

Anazapta is a 2002 British mystery thriller film directed by Alberto Sciamma and starring Jason Flemyng, Lena Headey, Christopher Fairbank, Ian McNeice, Jeff Nuttall.[1] In the US the movie was released as Black Plague.[2][3]


The film is set in England in 1348. While the Hundred Years War rages on between England and France, a detachment of soldiers returns to the estate of the beautiful English noblewoman Lady Matilda (Lena Headey) with news that her husband, Sir Walter de Mellerby (Jon Finch), was captured and remains hostage in France.

Meanwhile, the soldiers led by her husband's nephew Nicholas (Jason Flemyng) have brought with them a prisoner, Jacques de Saint Amant (David La Haye), the son of the one holding her husband. He can be exchanged for Sir Walter and for an additional ransom, which will save her estate from bankruptcy, as they are deeply in debt to the bishop. When Lady Matilda asks the bishop (Ian McNeice) for time to get the ransom, he informs her that he will expect sexual favors from her if the money does not arrive.

After some time, however, the inhabitants of the manor begin to die, one by one, a mysterious and painful death. Lady Matilda starts suspecting that the prisoner, whom she has come to care for, is not what he claims to be.[4]



  1. ^ "ANAZAPTA". The Wild Eye. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  2. ^ "Lena Headey in Black Plague aka Anazapta Has a New Poster Image". Retrieved 2014-11-09.
  3. ^ Fulcher, Eric (February 26, 2014). "Redbox Review: Black Plague, a.k.a. Anazapta". Retrieved 2014-11-09.
  4. ^ French, Philip (9 May 2004). "Anazapta". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 July 2017.

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