Brides of Christ (1991)

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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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 Sister Agnes (6 episodes, 1991)
Sandy Gore ...
 Mother Ambrose (6 episodes, 1991)
Josephine Byrnes ...
 Sister Catherine (6 episodes, 1991)
Lisa Hensley ...
 Sister Paul (6 episodes, 1991)
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 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)
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 Frances Heffernan (5 episodes, 1991)
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 Rosemary Fitzgerald (5 episodes, 1991)
Irene Rowland ...
 Sister Perpetua (5 episodes, 1991)
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 Brigid Maloney (5 episodes, 1991)
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 Caroline (5 episodes, 1991)
Vanessa Collier ...
 Jacinta (5 episodes, 1991)
Rhys McConnochie ...
 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)
Pippa Grandison ...
 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)
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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 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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One of the best mini series ever
12 February 2000 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

IMO one of the best mini series ever produced (not that I'm an authoritative source mind you), Brides of Christ ranks up there with the British production Edge of Darkness with a similar high level of the quality and intelligence in the writing, acting and general execution. (The subject matter and treatment could not be more different though.)

Each of the six episodes deals with a different aspect of Catholic life in 1960s Australia as viewed through the nuns and students of an Australian convent/school. While the setting and recurring characters remain constant, each episode concentrates on a different character (well, one character gets two episodes). There is also a subtle arc which spans the entire mini series.

The performances are uniformly excellent - to single anyone in the recurring or guest cast out would be to slight the others who haven't been mentioned. As a piece of casting trivia however, fans of the Australian production of the stage musical Les Misérables will be pleased that no less than four members of the original Australian cast appear in Brides of Christ in guest roles. One episode also features an early performance by Russell Crowe.

This series, dealing with issues such as loyalty, integrity, faith and change makes you feel and it makes you think. You don't have to be Catholic to appreciate this series (I'm not and loved it), just a fan of high quality television.


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