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A Congregation of Ghosts (2009)

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After accepting the job as vicar at a remote parish, eccentric cleric Frederick Densham promptly alienates his conservative congregation. Subsequently shunned by the whole community, he ... See full summary »

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Mark Collicott
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Credited cast:
Chris Batters Chris Batters ... Bishop of Truro
Bill Bingham Bill Bingham ... John Betjeman
Andrew Dinner Andrew Dinner ... Mr. Boyling
Susannah Doyle ... Barbara Baxter
Colin Francis ... Postman
Nicholas Gleaves ... Ellis Baxter
Tim Lewis Tim Lewis ... John Webster
Natasha Little ... Daphne du Maurier
Brian Lush Brian Lush ... Mr. Roche
Murray McArthur ... George Tredinnick
Jane Nancarrow Jane Nancarrow ... Mrs. Tredinnick
David Shaw David Shaw ... Henry Tredinnick
Jeff Sleeman Jeff Sleeman ... Mr. Hunt
Edward Woodward ... Reverend Densham
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After accepting the job as vicar at a remote parish, eccentric cleric Frederick Densham promptly alienates his conservative congregation. Subsequently shunned by the whole community, he becomes a ghostly presence in the boneyard after his death.

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Vicar unsettles local congregation...but it is not that simple
13 June 2014 | by gbusbySee all my reviews

Many years ago, I read Daphne du Maurier's Vanishing Cornwall. In it, she referred to the eccentric vicar of Warleggan in the 1930s and 40s, the Reverend Densham. He had been a missionary in India and brought a few idiosyncracies with him to his new parish.

Little by little he lost his congregation via his actions. None of this sounds very interesting but it is the consummate skill Edward Woodward brought to the role, his last before his death not long after. Densham's activities are interwoven with the purchase in 1967 of the vicarage by a writer and his wife. Slowly but surely Densham affects their lives.

Shot entirely on location in Cornwall, the direction and cinematography is superb. We were lucky to see the screening at Launceston Town Hall as this film has never gone on general release. Hard to believe. With commentaries before and after the film from Jane Nancarrow, the director Mark Collicott, and Woodward's widow Michele Dotrice, this was an emotional evening.


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