In 1657, the era after Cromwell assumed power, England lived under a new tyranny: a violent age during which our modern ideas about individuality and sexuality were forged, so the film contends. Thomas Clay’s newest feature, which he has dubbed a ‘Puritan Western’, is about liberation and the birth of an idea.

Fanny and John Lye live with their young son, Arthur, on a remote farm outside of Shropshire. One Sunday after church they find two strangers, Thomas and Rebecca, who say they have been robbed, though there seems to be more to the story. In an unguarded moment, Rebecca tells the devout Fanny that she and Thomas are unmarried and begs Fanny not to tell her patriarchal husband. The next day, armed puritans turn up at the door saying there has been an orgy at a local inn. Succeeding the shocking The Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael, Clay has created an intriguing genre mash-up filmed and projected on 35mm.

This film is part of the Big Screen Tour 2020.

Screenings

  • Tue 28 Jan Pathé 7
    With Q&A
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  • Wed 29 Jan KINO 4
    With Q&A
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  • Fri 31 Jan Pathé 7
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  • Sat 1 Feb Pathé 7
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Filmmaker
Thomas Clay
Premiere
International premiere
Country
United Kingdom, Germany
Year
2019
Medium
35mm
Length
110’
Language
English
Producer
Zorana Piggott, Philippe Bober
Production Company
Pull Back Camera Ltd, Essential Filmproduktion
Sales
Coproduction Office
Writer
Thomas Clay
Cinematography
Giorgos Arvanitis
Editor
Thomas Clay
Production Design
Nenad Pecur
Music
Thomas Clay
Cast
Maxine Peak, Charles Dance, Freddie Fox, Tanya Reynolds, Zak Adams, Peter McDonald, Perry Fitzpatrick