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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

Writer:

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 »

Also Known As:

Anne Lister titkos élete See more »

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The Oxford Film Company See more »
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Stereo

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Anne Lister: [opening lines in voice-over] There is one thing that I wish for. There is one thing without which my happiness in this world seems impossible. I was not born to live alone. I must have someone with me. And in loving and being loved, I could be happy.
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Featured in Breakfast: Episode dated 26 May 2010 (2010) 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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"I love and only love the fairer sex . . ."
12 November 2010 | by Red-125See all my reviews

"I love and only love the fairer sex, and thus beloved by them in turn, my heart revolts from any love but theirs." - Anne Lister, Journals, Oct 29, 1820

The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister (2010) (TV) was written by Jane English and directed by James Kent. This film is a biography, because Anne Lister [1791 - 1840] was, indeed, a historical figure who managed to live her life as a happy and fulfilled lesbian.

Moreover, Ms. Lister did keep voluminous diaries. Only a small portion of the diaries were actual secret--i.e. written in code. Anne Lister was so intelligent that the code she devised wasn't deciphered for almost 100 years. The encoded part of the diary described Anne Lister's romantic and sexual experiences.

By a combination of enormous intelligence, class privilege, and unbreakable will, Anne Lister was able to maintain a lesbian life style in a society where such behavior was rarely tolerated.

This is an excellent film, with strong performances from all the actors, and an absolutely stellar performance from Maxine Peake as Anne. Because it's a BBC production, the production values are high and the costumes and location shots are entrancing.

Obviously, this movie was made for TV, so it will work well on the small screen. However, it is really glorious on the large screen, which is how we saw it. The film was shown at the Dryden Theatre, as the closing night offering of the terrific ImageOut: Rochester Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. Don't miss this movie!


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