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Nigel Wingrove, 1989

Visions of Ecstasy, an 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 interpretation of the erotic imaginings of the 16th Century Carmelite nun, St. Teresa, were such that the film’s banning was upheld in an historic judgment 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 UK’s blasphemy laws in 2008, Visions of Ecstasy is finally being released.

Also included on this disc is the director’s nunsploitation feature, Sacred Flesh (2000) (in SD), in which a Mother Superior struggles with her sexual desires in a series of imagined dialogues with Mary Magdalene while her mind torments her with images of sexual perversion, lesbianism and sadomasochism along with the short film Axel.

CONTAINS MATURE CONTENT – 18+ (Note: Estimated total running time reflects all three features, ”Visions of Ecstasy”, ”Sacred Flesh” and ”Axel”. ”Sacred Flesh” and ”Axel” are in Standard Definition)

Special features:

Visions of Ecstasy mastered in HD from the original film elements with original score by Steven Severin

Includes the one minute short, Faustine, staring Eileen Daly, and with a special score by Steven Severin, which has never been made available before

Unseen footage with Nigel Wingrove and Eileen Daly working on Marat Sade, Plus unseen interview from 1990

PDF version of 36 six page illustrated booklet: Finding Ecstasy on the Road to Redemption, by Nigel Wingrove

Includes the 8 minute erotic short film Axel with an original score by Danielle Dax.

Film details:


UK 1989 Colour 18 min 16:9 – 1.66:1

Directed by Nigel Wingrove

Produced by John Stephenson

Music by Steven Severin

With Louise Downie, Elisha Scott, Dan Fox

Produced for video by Bret Wood


UK 2000 Colour 75 min 16:9

Directed by Nigel Wingrove

Produced by Louise Ross

Music by Steve Pittis / Band of Pain

With Sally Tremaine, Moyna Cope, Kristina Bell, Michelle Thorne, Eileen Daly, Emily Booth, Chistopher Adamson

PLEASE NOTE: This is an NTSC (USA/JAPAN format) Region 1 DVD.