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Shortly before his death in 1547, the injured King Henry VIII is forced to take refuge a manor house closed for the season. While there, he must confront both his mortality and the ghosts of his past.

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John Walsh

Writer:

John Walsh
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T.P. McKenna ... Henry VIII
Jean Marsh ... The Queens
James Coombes ... Thorn
Peter Sowerbutts Peter Sowerbutts
George Staines George Staines
Peter Miles Peter Miles
Mark Montgomerie Mark Montgomerie
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Monarch is part fact, part fiction and unfolds around one night when the injured ruler arrives at a manor house closed for the season. Henry is without the power and control of his palace and is vulnerable from those around him, and from his own sanity. Henry left England financially and morally bankrupt; his collection of enemies his only constant. Even today there is a question mark surrounding his burial and possible exhumation. Written by Walsh Bros

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 September 2014 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Walsh Bros. See more »
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(DVD)

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Color
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This is the first film about Henry VIII to be shot entirely on location in his town of birth, Greenwich, London. See more »

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Referenced in Monarch Restoring a King (2014) See more »

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The Haunting of King Henry
5 May 2015 | by Dale CooperSee all my reviews

If anyone knows how to make films about kings and queens, it the British. I wasn't wrote sure what to expect from this tale as I knew the story of Henry VIII and had read that this version had been lost for some time. It appears the camera negative was misplaced and now it has been found. This is all to the betterment of the film and the film maker, who in the DVD extras explains what happened.

The story of an abandoned manor house where an injured Henry comes to seek refuge was no doubt one that was convenient for a film maker looking for an economic way to tell his tale. Once the film is underway you feel a real sense of damp presence and foreboding haunting. The mix of performances (with TP McKenna coming out clearly on top) makes this an unusual experiences but one that I can recommend. A change from the usual costume fare, this is one to be watched with the drapes closed and the doors firmly locked!!


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