Anchoress (film)

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Directed byChris Newby
Produced byPaul Breuls
Written byJudith Stanley-Smith
Christine Watkins
StarringNatalie Morse
CinematographyMichel Baudour
Edited byBrand Thumim
Release date
  • 10 September 1993 (1993-09-10)
Running time
108 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

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.[1]

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 Shere, Surrey, in southern England, in 1329. The story revolves around the girl's mystical visions of the Virgin Mary, the local reeve who wants to marry her, and 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).


Home media[edit]

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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Anchoress". Archived from the original on 22 August 2011. Retrieved 22 August 2009.

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