With a cast that includes Christopher Eccleston, Pete Postlethwaite and Toyah WilLcox, 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.

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

Catalogue Number BFIVD788
Subtitle A film by Chris Newby
Product contents
  • The Old Man of the Sea (1989, 21 min).
  • Flicker (2001, 4 min).
  • Stromboli (1998, 11 min).
  • Fully illustrated booklet with film essays, biography and historical documents.