Visions of Ecstasy, a short, 19 minute, experimental art film made in 1989, is the only film ever to have been banned outright in the UK solely on the grounds of blasphemy. Further its depiction and interpretations of the erotic imaginings of the 16th Century Carmelite nun, St. Teresa, were such that the films banning was upheld in an historic judgement at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg in a case that took seven years to reach its conclusion. Now, due to the abolition of the UKs blasphemy law in 2008, Visions of Ecstasy is finally being released.

Included with this historic film is also a 36 page, booklet written by the films director, Nigel Wingrove, in which he explains how the film came to be made, the effect of its banning had on his life and future work, and how his continuing battles against film censorship led eventually to the resignation of the BBFC”s then director, James Ferman, the legalisation of pornography and a general relaxation of film classification overall.

Special Features

  • Extensive Stills and Press Gallery
  • Interviews
  • 36 Page booklet
  • Erotic short film, AXEL, by Nigel Wingrove and with an original soundtrack by Danielle Dax
  • Nunsploitation feature film by Nigel Wingrove
  • Visions of Ecstasy has an original soundtrack by STEVEN SEVERIN

Film Details

  • Produced by John Stephenson
  • Music by Steven Severin
  • Cast Louise Downie, Elisha Scott, Dan Fox.