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Walls that reach up to heaven

by Stephen Brown

A 14-YEAR-OLD GIRL choosing in 1329 to be walled up in a cell adjoining her parish church in Shere, Surrey, may not seem the likeliest subject-matter. Yet, in 1993, the direc­tor ChrisNewby fashioned a remark­able film, Anchoress (Cert. 12), which has now been transferred in High Definition to DVD (BFIDVD-788).

Like the anchoress herself, we are invited to gaze in adoration on that which surrounds us. Whether it be a gnarled tree, windswept crops, ...

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