Brides of Christ (1991)

TV Mini-Series  |  Drama
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Diane, a young woman growing up in Australia in the mid 1960s, walks away from her fiancé to join a convent after being sure she has a calling to the faith. The Catholic Church and its ... See full summary »

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Series cast summary:
 Sister Agnes (6 episodes, 1991)
 Mother Ambrose (6 episodes, 1991)
Josephine Byrnes ...
 Sister Catherine (6 episodes, 1991)
Lisa Hensley ...
 Sister Paul (6 episodes, 1991)
 Sister Clare (6 episodes, 1991)
Joy Hruby ...
 Sister Polycarp (6 episodes, 1991)
Connie Hobbs ...
 Sister Pierre (6 episodes, 1991)
Ann Fay ...
 Sister Innocent (6 episodes, 1991)
Michelle Pettigrove ...
 Sister Francine (6 episodes, 1991)
 Frances Heffernan (5 episodes, 1991)
 Rosemary Fitzgerald (5 episodes, 1991)
Irene Rowland ...
 Sister Perpetua (5 episodes, 1991)
 Brigid Maloney (5 episodes, 1991)
 Caroline (5 episodes, 1991)
Vanessa Collier ...
 Jacinta (5 episodes, 1991)
 Monsignor (4 episodes, 1991)
Penny Stehli ...
 Sister Patrick (4 episodes, 1991)
Leo Taylor ...
 Bill Fitzgerald (3 episodes, 1991)
Harold Hopkins ...
 Ken Maloney (3 episodes, 1991)
Caroline Gillmer ...
 Sister Philomena (3 episodes, 1991)
 Bernadette (3 episodes, 1991)
Pat Bishop ...
 Mary Maloney (2 episodes, 1991)
John Frawley ...
 Bishop (2 episodes, 1991)
Brian Rooney ...
 Brendan Maloney (2 episodes, 1991)
Gian Clancey ...
 Kerry Maloney (2 episodes, 1991)
Dimity Clancey ...
 Moya Maloney (2 episodes, 1991)
Christine Degeuron ...
 Mrs. Upton (2 episodes, 1991)
Genevieve Mooy ...
 Judith Fitzgerald (2 episodes, 1991)
Mary-Ann Henshaw ...
 Novice Denise (2 episodes, 1991)


Diane, a young woman growing up in Australia in the mid 1960s, walks away from her fiancé to join a convent after being sure she has a calling to the faith. The Catholic Church and its followers are struggling with huge changes. The Pope has died, there is war in Vietnam and mandatory conscription, there is the Vatican controversy on abortion and contraception, and the changing face of the Church as a whole. Told in six parts, Diane faces her own demons and has to finally decide if she can teach what the Church preaches, or if it's simply impossible for her to reconcile all the contradictions of the faith and uphold her vow of obedience. Written by Jane Phillips

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Diane: For various reasons I did not keep a journal while I was in the convent, so I have to piece this one together from memory. The result is probably more balanced and forgiving than I knew how to be at the time, so I have decided to dedicate it to Saint Anselm, all of the philosophers, and a few other beginning with "A." I doubt if Sister Patti would have had much time for me leaving the convent. She used to say, "You can peel the skin off of an onion but what difference did it make? Inside of ...
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You don't have to be Catholic...
25 March 2002 | by (Adelaide, Australia) – See all my reviews

Incredible account of the sweeping changes that occurred during the Vatican-inspired mini-revolution during the 1960s, focusing on one convent of nuns in Australia. I must admit, not being Christian myself, I was a little skeptical before seeing this series; as it happens, I was so hooked, I watched all six episodes back-to-back (I had it on video), and woke up tired the next morning!! Like the brilliant CHANGI a decade later, each episode revolves around one particular character; unlike CHANGI, each episode is primarily concerned with keeping the plot moving, rather than going back and looking at the character's past, although this comes into it. What we see is a group of women who, for whatever reason, have all chosen to live a celibate life following the teachings of Christ (from the Catholic viewpoint) and of the various religious philosophers of the past millenium. Like any group of people, there are, of course, differences: many of the older women are happy to let the church guide their decision processes, and accept whatever their superiors say. The more educated among the group tend to question the values of the church and, in the opinion of the seniors, threaten to undermine the very substance of what the religious is all about. It was an interesting time for the Catholic church: still regarded as one of the more stringent Christian sects, the western world was undergoing a major cultural revolution, as scientific developments, introductions to new cultures, and different ways of thinking were being encouraged by youth leaders. In an attempt to remain relevant, the Vatican, led by the Pope of the time, recognised that change was inevitable and thus tried to instigate it themselves. A wide number of issues are dealt with here: birth control, abortion, divorce, sex before marriage, interchurch marriages, etc...: many of these issues are, of course, distinct NON-issues among non-Catholics and non-Christians today - birth control, via pills, condoms and surgery, is seen as necessary and, indeed, healthy practice; 50% of marriages in the USA and Australia now end in divorce or separation; most people have sex before marriage. But to Catholics of the time these things were mortal sins, and led to eternal damnation (I can hear non-believers either chuckle or, indeed, gasp with horror, as I did, that all these people were and are wasting their lives, living in fear of something that wouldn't - couldn't ever happen...but it made sense to them, and that's the main thing, it gave their lives purpose...). Every single performance within this miniseries - even down to Russell Crowe's small role as a young man destined to become a conchie - is first-rate, and, when the 330-minute production came to an end, I felt like I had really gotten to know the characters - and indeed that I had seen longer movies with 80 minute runtimes! This is an absolutely top-quality miniseries, comparable with CHANGI, and everyone should see it. 9/10.

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