Visions of Ecstasy (DVD)
Banned for 20 years......
One of the most controversial films ever to be released in the UK.
The only film in the UK to ever been banned for blasphemy.
Visions of Ecstasy, a short, experimental art film made in 1989, is the only film ever to have been banned outright in the UK solely on the grounds of blasphemy. Further, its depiction and interpretation of the erotic imaginings of the 16th Century Carmelite nun, St. Teresa, were such that the film's banning was upheld in an historic judgement at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg in a case that took seven years to reach its conclusion. Now, due to the abolition of the UK's blasphemy laws in 2008, Visions of Ecstasy is finally being released.
Also included on this DVD are the director's first erotic short film, Axel (1986) and his nunsploitation feature, Sacred Flesh (2000), in which a Mother Superior struggles with her sexual desires in a series of imagined dialogues with Mary Magdalene while her mind torments her with images of sexual perversion, lesbianism and sadomasochism.
Additional extras include extensive stills, press gallery and interviews.
Director: Nigel Wingrove
Cast: Louise Downie, Elisha Scott, Dan Fox.
- Extensive Stills and Press Gallery
- 36 page booklet
- Erotic short film, AXEL, by Nigel Wingrove and with an original soundtrack by Danielle Dax
- Nunsploitation feature film SACRED FLESH by Nigel Wingrove
BBFC Rating: 18
Region: All Regions