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The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister (2010)

A look at the life of 19th century Yorkshire landowner Anne Lister (1791-1840), who lived openly as a lesbian and kept diaries chronicling the details of her daily life.

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James Kent

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Jane English
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maxine Peake ... Anne Lister
Anna Madeley ... Mariana Belcombe
Susan Lynch ... Isabella 'Tib' Norcliffe
Christine Bottomley ... Ann Walker
Gemma Jones ... Aunt Lister
Alan David Alan David ... Uncle Lister
Richenda Carey ... Mrs Priestley
Michael Culkin ... Charles Lawton
Dean Lennox Kelly ... Christopher Rawson
Tina O'Brien Tina O'Brien ... Miss Browne
Tessa Peake-Jones ... Mrs Rawson
Jemima Foxtrot Jemima Foxtrot ... Lister Maid
Belinda Lazenby Belinda Lazenby ... Mrs Browne
Ted Holden Ted Holden ... Rough Man
Martin Oldfield Martin Oldfield ... Jeweller
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In nineteenth century Yorkshire wealthy orphan Anne Lister lives with an aunt and uncle, anxious for her to marry well and blissfully - unaware that she is a lesbian. Anne is recording her thoughts and exploits in a coded diary. When her lover Mariana Belcombe makes a marriage of convenience to rich old Charles Lawton she feels betrayed and, although Mariana visits her,the relationship is going nowhere. Helped by old flame Tib she makes a play for innocent Miss Browne but sees she is barking up the wrong tree and diverts herself by renovating the family hall. A drunken Tib almost exposes her secret and scornful mine-owner Christopher Rawson, whose marriage proposal she rejects, tells her that her sexuality is a subject of local gossip.... Written by Anonymous

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 May 2010 (UK) See more »

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Nine years later, Anne Lister's life story was adapted into the TV series Gentleman Jack (2019). Gemma Jones appears in both productions as Aunt Lister. See more »

Quotes

Anne Lister: [Mr Rawson comes to ask Anne to marry him] Mr Rawson, how funny you should come. I set myself a course of reading on geology just this morning.
Uncle Lister: Then I shall leave you two, to... discuss it.
Christopher Rawson: Miss Lister. I hope your well today.
Anne Lister: I am. Thank you.
Christopher Rawson: You look very... Healthy.
Anne Lister: Sit down Mr. Rawson. Let's talk coal.
Christopher Rawson: It was your uncle but my mind to come. He made me see how beneficial it might be. Your assets are rich and unexploited.
Anne Lister: I just realized it. At last.
Christopher Rawson: Our estates joined each others, if they to ...
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Remake of A Skirt Through History: A Marriage (1994) See more »

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Rock of Ages
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Music by Thomas Hastings
Lyrics by Augustus Montague Toplady
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Inaccurate depiction of Anne Lister
4 September 2017 | by arinryuSee all my reviews

I agree with review by Karien Van Der Westhuizen. I am very disappointed that despite the progress we have nowadays, none of historical movies can honestly depict historical butch/ftm characters as whom they really were. I am sorry but Anne Lister was not a feminine lesbian as depicted here. I know that TV shows and movies hate butch lesbian/transgender/intersex characters but to distort historical figures again and again is unforgivable. Another example is the feminizing of Queen Kristina's hair and dresses in the movie "The Girl King". Both Queen Kristina and Anne Lister are among the most interesting masculine queer historical figures. Anne was a butch lesbian/ftm, while Queen Kristina was intersex/butch/ftm but both are re-characterized and suppressed to fit the typical Hollywood-styled cisgenders' feminine-lesbian fantasy. Having read about real Anne Lister's lives, I find these movies hard to watch. Otherwise, this movie is fine.


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