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Brides of Christ 

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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Brenda Fricker ...  Sister Agnes 6 episodes, 1991
Sandy Gore ...  Mother Ambrose 6 episodes, 1991
Josephine Byrnes ...  Sister Catherine 6 episodes, 1991
Lisa Hensley Lisa Hensley ...  Sister Paul 6 episodes, 1991
Beth Champion ...  Sister Clare 6 episodes, 1991
Joy Hruby Joy Hruby ...  Sister Polycarp 6 episodes, 1991
Connie Hobbs Connie Hobbs ...  Sister Pierre 6 episodes, 1991
Ann Fay Ann Fay ...  Sister Innocent 6 episodes, 1991
Michelle Pettigrove Michelle Pettigrove ...  Sister Francine 6 episodes, 1991
Naomi Watts ...  Frances Heffernan 5 episodes, 1991
Kym Wilson ...  Rosemary Fitzgerald 5 episodes, 1991
Irene Rowland Irene Rowland ...  Sister Perpetua 5 episodes, 1991
Melissa Thomas Melissa Thomas ...  Brigid Maloney 5 episodes, 1991
Kirsty McGregor ...  Caroline 5 episodes, 1991
Vanessa Collier Vanessa Collier ...  Jacinta 5 episodes, 1991
Rhys McConnochie ...  Monsignor 4 episodes, 1991
Penny Stehli Penny Stehli ...  Sister Patrick 4 episodes, 1991
Leo Taylor Leo Taylor ...  Bill Fitzgerald 3 episodes, 1991
Harold Hopkins ...  Ken Maloney 3 episodes, 1991
Caroline Gillmer Caroline Gillmer ...  Sister Philomena 3 episodes, 1991
Pippa Grandison ...  Bernadette 3 episodes, 1991
Pat Bishop Pat Bishop ...  Mary Maloney 2 episodes, 1991
John Frawley John Frawley ...  Bishop 2 episodes, 1991
Brian Rooney Brian Rooney ...  Brendan Maloney 2 episodes, 1991
Gian Clancey Gian Clancey ...  Kerry Maloney 2 episodes, 1991
Dimity Clancey Dimity Clancey ...  Moya Maloney 2 episodes, 1991
Christine Degeuron Christine Degeuron ...  Mrs. Upton 2 episodes, 1991
Genevieve Mooy Genevieve Mooy ...  Judith Fitzgerald 2 episodes, 1991
Mary-Ann Henshaw 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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Australia | UK | Ireland

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English

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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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ABC mini-series at its best
17 September 2002 | by s-meratSee 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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