Proud and determined, astride a beautiful white horse, Lady Godiva rides through the medieval streets to protest against the high taxes her husband, Leofric, Earl of Mercia, has levied ... See full summary »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Fictionalized account of events leading up the famous nude ride (alas, her hair covers everything) of the militant Saxon lady.

Director: Arthur Lubin
Stars: Maureen O'Hara, George Nader, Victor McLaglen (2010)
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

4 girls out on a 3 days trip in to 2 cities, if they survive. While Jo is working in a supermarket, her 3 friends are all out on their adventures. A chance encounter with diamond thieves sends them on a collision course with fate itself.

Directors: Noel Clarke, Mark Davis
Stars: Emma Roberts, Tamsin Egerton, Ophelia Lovibond
Born of War (2014)
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

After her family is killed, Mina finds out her real father is a terrorist, and behind the killings. To get revenge, Mina works with British Intelligence to take him down.

Director: Vicky Jewson
Stars: James Frain, Sofia Black-D'Elia, Lydia Leonard
Time After Time (TV Series 2017)
Drama | Sci-Fi

The adventures of young H.G. Wells and his time machine.

Stars: Freddie Stroma, Michael Benz, Josh Bowman
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A group of friends on a weekend trip to a cabin in the woods find themselves terrorized by alien visitors.

Director: Colin Minihan
Stars: Brittany Allen, Freddie Stroma, Jesse Moss
Drama | Fantasy | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

At an international school in Jakarta, a philosophy teacher challenges his class of twenty graduating seniors to choose which ten of them would take shelter underground and reboot the human race in the event of a nuclear apocalypse.

Director: John Huddles
Stars: James D'Arcy, Sophie Lowe, Daryl Sabara
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Theres trouble brewing in Downtown Coventry. Mobster, Ray Carlton has a dreamcasinos! Hes got dirt on the local Mayor... See full synopsis »

Director: Baz Taylor
Stars: Phil Cornwell, James Fleet, Caroline Harker
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Jay, Neil, Simon, and Will reunite in Australia for a holiday.

Directors: Damon Beesley, Iain Morris
Stars: Simon Bird, James Buckley, Blake Harrison
Comedy | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  

When an English lord finds his wife Lady Godiva in bed with her lover Tom Jones they have to leave the country and go to the USA. Godiva ends up in a brothel and when Tom wants to save her ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen C. Apostolof
Stars: Marsha Jordan, Forman Shane, Deborah Downey
UnREAL (TV Series 2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A behind-the-scenes look at the chaos surrounding the production of a dating competition program.

Stars: Shiri Appleby, Constance Zimmer, Craig Bierko
The Last Flight to Kuwait (TV Movie 2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Director: Peter Nicholson
Stars: Louise Alexander, Lewis Alsamari, Hannah Bridges
Crumbs (TV Series 2016)

Struggling actor meets a 'has been' ex celebrity chef- they help turn each other's lives around.

Stars: Olivia Jewson, Rupert Whitaker, Oliver Gomm


Complete credited cast:
Phoebe Thomas ...
Jemima Honey / 21st Century Lady Godiva
Matthew Chambers ...
Michael Bartle
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Isabelle Amyes ...
Mrs. Bartle
Paul Ansdell ...
Arantxa Banares-Aldea ...
Monster 3 (as Arantza Aldea)
Mr. Bartle
Ka Yan Cheung ...
Chowyee Min
Susan Dury ...
Liz Edmiston ...
Harassed Mum
Laurent Galinier ...
Sarah Garrett ...
May Day Child
Steven Geller ...
Tommy (Peeping Tom)
Geoff Gibbons ...
Policeman 1


Proud and determined, astride a beautiful white horse, Lady Godiva rides through the medieval streets to protest against the high taxes her husband, Leofric, Earl of Mercia, has levied against the people. Into modern day Oxford where Jemima, an attractive but quirky young school teacher, fierce and independent, sets out to resurrect her dead brother's memory through the Art Factory, the place she has created where kids can forget their troubles and enter the world of their imagination. Where anything is possible. Through a chance encounter, she meets the gorgeous Michael Bartle and is very much taken by his charms until she discovers he is the 'Godiva' man - a notorious play boy who has made his money in the lucrative world of horse breeding and is already involved with the glamorous and famous Veronica. To raise money to keep her precious Art Factory open, Michael convinces her to go on Veronica's TV show to talk about the project and to raise the much needed money to keep it open. ... Written by Lesley Wilde

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Prepare for the ride of your life...


Horror | Romance


See all certifications »


Official Sites:



Release Date:

25 January 2008 (UK)  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


£1,400,000 (estimated)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Don't Stop Me Now
Performed by McFly (uncredited)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

The lady rides again...
28 April 2008 | by (Oxford, England) – See all my reviews

Unlike another reviewer I was not lucky enough to win tickets for this movie at the premiere. However I eventually joined an unfortunately small audience locally a few months later to see the film with an introduction from director Vicky Jewson. I'd recently seen 'The Oxford Murders' introduced by John Hurt and whereas the star of the latter film seemed disinterested in the film that was to follow his short and uninspired words Vicky clearly has a passion for film and most importantly this, her feature debut. The film, a human story, was more than suitably imagined by the humanity of its writer/director.

Despite reviews to the contrary the film appeared to be well received. I have never sat in such a quiet cinema and no-one was sleeping! The script worked a fine line between human and emotional drama and historical and darker visions preferring to keep to the former to create a fresh and certainly unique film. Michael (Matthew Chambers) is a little adrift in his acting style but it meets the requirements of his role, a slightly hapless play-boy famous for his horse breeding antics. He loves horses (his favourite called Lady Godiva) more than anything but this is about to change when he meets Jemima (Phoebe Thomas), a kooky art teacher who dreams of continuing to run an art space created by her recently deceased brother. Aside from the beguiling romance there are themes including dealing with grief, bullying and simply taking responsibility leading to happiness. I do have complaints with the films though these are few, namely, with Oxfords' happening music scene it would have been great to have used local bands or even specially written songs to provide the soundtrack. Instead we are given James Morrison's 'Wonderful World' and McFly's 'Don't Stop Me Now' among others - though the latter does mention Lady Godiva in the lyrics. The songs are used as almost advert breaks, a kind of wake up call for those bored with the story and I wonder if the choice is partly down to the financial backers rather than Vicky herself. Either way its not a problem as such, more a pity, and regardless of preference the songs do work and provide - more than a break - a chance to mull over the striking scenes that have just occurred. My only other grievance is that something is slightly wrong with the May Day scene actually filmed not during the famous celebrations but at 4am one morning with extras and secretly from Police who had threatened arrest. I think the problem is because the entrance of our '21st Century Godiva' seems a little like a film set rather than a woman doing a naturally liberating act. Even this is difficult to fault based on the shear fact that May Day morning in Oxford is manic with celebration and revelling on a huge scale and quite how the crowds would react to a naked lady on a horse is unbeknownst. Thus to have pulled off what must have been one take filming of this nature is quite frankly breathtaking and a brilliant close to a really quite brilliant film.

Oxford looks truly beautiful in every scene and the film presents a stunning backdrop of Oxford as more than a university city and does so in vibrant colour and endurance. At times it seems like each cell had been hand painted such was the clear signs of devotion from the writer/director. Critically there is no obvious audience for Lady Godiva. Critics like raw and edgy films, a bout of sudden torture, a taboo breaking sex scene set to the music of Michael Nyman. Critics don't like human stories unless they feature someone impaired mentally or psychically. Here perhaps it is emotionally impaired characters but they are fascinating human examples and its' a true shame that the pompous air of critical theory is so strong. From an established filmmaker 'Lady Godiva' would be rich, scrumptious and very daring. From a newbie? It is honestly overwhelming and truly recommended.

2 of 20 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The worst film ever pinkylulu
This has got to be a joke. nakedsillhouette
the song in the trailer ehij
DVD Release northy666
Looking for distributor mike-2340
I saw a preview on Jonathan Ross Julia_Vakulenko
Discuss Lady Godiva (2008) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: