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: That's the way it was with these women. When you called into question everything they stood for, when you spat, complained and argued, they returned love. I was surrounded by strong, luminous women intent on doing good.
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ABC mini-series at its best
17 September 2002 | by (Melbourne) – See all my reviews

Brides of Christ was a six part mini-series made by the ABC in the early nineties concerning the lives of a small group of nuns and their students in a time of upheaval both within society and the church. It was critically acclaimed and launched the careers of two of Australia's 'hottest Hollywood celebrities', Russell Crowe and Naomi Watts. Controversial because of its content in a Predominantly Christian Australia, it was never the less> critically acclaimed and highly memorable (being nine at the time of release I can still remember watching it). It is extremely small in focus as each of the 50 minute long six parts is named after the character it features. Diane looks at the calling of a young academic to the church, causing her to turn away from her mother and fiance, only to discover that church doctrine does not live up to her logical mind and questioning it only leads to punishment. Frances looks at a young girl trying to deal with her parents divorce and mothers remarrying in a time when it was considered a mortal sin. Ambrose examines the trials of being the Mother of a convent reluctantly being modernised, while also dealing with the death of her father, and an attraction to a divorced man. Rosemary deals with the lack of information about sex in society and the 'sexual blossoming' of a young girl. Paul follows a young nun who decides to leave the order in aid of love, only to discover that the convent was where she wanted to be. Finally Catherine returns to Diane, who fed up with the churches inactivity over the ban of the use of contraception decides to leave the order to write a novel about her life. All parts combine to tell the story of devote catholic life in Australia in the 60's. It deals with the sensitive issues of Divorce, Abortion, Promiscuousness, Teen Pregnancy, Love, and dares to suggest that perhaps catholic doctrine is not always right.


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