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Fanny Lye Deliver'd

Country: UK | Germany, Language: English, 112 mins

  • Director: Thomas Clay
  • Writer: Thomas Clay
  • Producer: Richard Holmes; Philippe Bober; Zorana Piggott; Phil Hunt

CGiii Comment

Think back to those films that left a distinct chill in your bones...The Wicker Man, Witchfinder General, The Devils and the ilk...this is the territory where Thomas Clay is going with this one.

Alas...a hodge-podge of style and theme is the result. As they say, less is more...and, Mr Clay dishes it out in great big generous other words, he throws everything at the screen...some material sticks and some...lands on the floor with an audible splodge.

There are two couples, one spewing religious repression, the other extolling the virtues of free and unbridled love...cue: Lesbian/bisexual pas de trois. And...rather graphic it is too...with Freddie Fox displaying [in the blink of an eye] a rather large, engorged, prosthetic willy...only to be upstaged [and blinded] by his gleaming white teeth. Dentistry in 1657 was state-of-the-art, it would seem!

Not only do we have these co-habiting, incongruous couples...throw into the mix, a badly acted, laughable [for all the wrong reasons] comedy Cromwell's law-men. They dish out the law with neither remorse nor compassion...nor any credulity whatsoever.

With a strong start, a [too] theatrical middle, a rather rushed, ultra-violent ending and an epilogue that ought not to have made it into the final cut...Fanny Lye delivers too much more and not enough less...rather than feeling a chill in your bones, you will feel as if you have been walloped across the face with a muddy shovel.


The(ir) Blurb...

Set on an isolated farm in Shropshire in 1657. The story of Fanny Lye, a woman who learns to transcend her oppressive marriage and discover a new world of possibility - albeit at great personal cost. Living a life of Puritan stricture with husband John and young son Arthur, Fanny Lye's world is shaken to its core by the unexpected arrival of two strangers in need, a young couple closely pursued by a ruthless sheriff and his deputy.

Cast & Characters

Maxine Peake as Fanny Lye;
Charles Dance as John Lye;
Freddie Fox as Thomas Ashbury;
Tanya Reynolds as Rebecca Henshaw;
Zak Adams as Arthur Lye;
Peter McDonald as The High Sheriff for the Council of State;
Perry Fitzpatrick as The Sheriff's Deputy;
Kenneth Collard as The Constable