Anchoress (film)

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Directed by Chris Newby
Produced by Paul Breuls
Written by Judith Stanley-Smith
Christine Watkins
Starring Natalie Morse
Cinematography Michel Baudour
Edited by Brand Thumim
Release date
  • 10 September 1993 (1993-09-10)
Running time
108 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

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 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).


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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