HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
Disappearance at Clifton Hill
Sullivans, The
Piranhas
Love in the Afternoon
Black Water: Abyss
Wild Blue Yonder, The
All Hail the Popcorn King
Muriel, or the Time of Return
Selma
Great Locomotive Chase, The
American Anthem
Lion and the Horse, The
Druids
War of the Wizards
Onward
Doctor Faustus
Spite Marriage
Mask, The
Letter to Jane
Quick Millions
Dream Demon
Max Havelaar
Radioactive
Glastonbury Fayre
All Dogs Go to Heaven
Shoot Out
Da 5 Bloods
Sonatine
Kung Fu Monster
Secret Agent Super Dragon
Saint Frances
Boiling Point
Golden Stallion, The
Dragon Force
Anthropocene: The Human Epoch
Luck of Ginger Coffey, The
Junkers Come Here
Ladius
White, White Day, A
Strong Medicine
   
 
Newest Articles
Divine Madness: Female Trouble on Blu-ray
Country Matters: Further Out of Town on Blu-ray
Bat-Damn: Was Joel Schumacher's Batman Really That Bad?
The Beat Goes On: Takeshi Kitano Collection on Blu-ray
Dream Treats: Scorsese Shorts on Blu-ray
It's Only Money: Laughter in Paradise on Blu-ray
A Regular Terpsichore: Dance, Girl, Dance on Blu-ray
Teenage Trauma: Baby Love on Blu-ray
The Happening: Pet Shop Boys It Couldn't Happen Here on Blu-ray
Who Watched The Watchmen?
The Golden Age of Colonic Irrigation: Monty Python Series 4 on Blu-ray
Lady of Pleasure: Lola Montes on Blu-ray
Take You to the Gay Bar: Funeral Parade of Roses on Blu-ray
Hit for Ms: Mark Cousins' Women Make Film on Blu-ray
Look Sinister: The 1000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse on Blu-ray
Star Wars Triple Threat: The Tricky Third Prequel and Sequel
I Can See for Miles: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes on Blu-ray
Too Much Pressure: The Family Way on Blu-ray
The Alan Key: Alan Klein and What a Crazy World on Blu-ray
A Japanese Ghost Story: Kwaidan on Blu-ray
The Zu Gang: Zu Warriors from the Magic Mountain on Blu-ray
Reality TV: The Year of the Sex Olympics on DVD
The Young and the Damned: They Live By Night on Blu-ray
Mind How You Go: The Best of COI on Blu-ray
Der Kommissar's in Town: Babylon Berlin Series 3 on DVD
   
 
  Fanny Lye Deliver'd Oliver's Barmy
Year: 2019
Director: Thomas Clay
Stars: Maxine Peake, Charles Dance, Freddie Fox, Tanya Reynolds, Zak Adams, Peter McDonald, Perry Fitzpatrick, Kenneth Collard
Genre: Horror, Drama, HistoricalBuy from Amazon
Rating:  6 (from 1 vote)
Review: Fanny Lye (Maxine Peake) lived in the sixteen-hundreds, around the time of Oliver Cromwell's reign in England which was a period of great explorations in intellectual and theological matters, but also one of terrible oppression that saw many put to the sword or hanged for not behaving within strict parameters that could turn on a sixpence. Fanny was the wife to an older man, John (Charles Dance), who was what you would call a puritan by the standards of the era, he was teaching their young son to follow in his footsteps and kept his wife on a short leash, figuratively speaking. But one day, as they were out at church, they returned to find a couple hiding in their farmhouse barn...

Thomas Clay attempted to make a big splash in the movie world with his feature debut The Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael, but despite making its centrepiece a gratuitously violent home invasion, it remained obscure except to a small coterie who could not make up their minds whether it was daring and provocative or the sort of thing adolescents would find stimulating their nascent critical faculties, i.e. a bit naff and unnecessary. A decade and a half onwards and Clay had only made two more films, suggesting it was a struggle to get stuff like this made (or maybe how difficult it is to get any non-mainstream movie off the ground), and here again opinions were divided.

He evidently had not got the home invasion plot out of his system, and sought to perfect it further with Fanny Lye, Deliver'd, a piece that flirted with historical horrors like Witchfinder General (or maybe Mark of the Devil) then would throw in a twenty-first century notion or line of dialogue to add a disorienting quality to what was actually a fairly simple yarn of a woman's forced social awakening. With a cast of thespians who were far from amateurs, this was put across with some conviction, and that acting was one of the strengths, especially from Peake and Dance who essentially played heroine and antagonist until someone more powerful came along and upset them even more than the couple (Freddie Fox and Tanya Reynolds) who show up starkers and asking for shelter from moral guardians who happen to have a lot of power in the land.

The centrepiece in this was a night of debauchery where the interlopers revealed their true colours and performed a parody of the Christian communion, laced the wine with "shrooms" as they are anachronistically termed, and started seducing the confused Fanny in front of her tied up, furious husband and child. This is enough to set her emancipation in motion, but also reminded you of orgy sequences in sixties and seventies movies where they were going as far as the actors were prepared to go, but it still came across as a bit daft (and the stars here did go further than their spiritual predecessors without it going all hardcore porn, though it's close). That eagerness to shock was not exclusive to Clay by any means, and sometimes it can be effective, but the pretensions to having Mrs Lye go on a "journey" that made her a more rounded person than she was before made more sense in a context of centuries after this was set. Maybe a sense of humour would have helped, but for all the flaws, it wasn't dull, and we can forgive a lot for that. Music by Clay (slightly over the top, but you have to admire his jack of all trades dedication to the tasks in hand).

[This will be released on the 26th on Curzon Home Cinema as part of EdFilmFest @Home but also the following platforms:

iTunes
Amazon
Sky
Virgin
Google
Rakuten
BT
Playstation
Microsoft
BFI Player
Volta.]
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 232 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star is the best at shouting?
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Brian Blessed
Tiffany Haddish
Steve Carell
Olivia Colman
Captain Caveman
Sylvester Stallone
Gerard Butler
Samuel L. Jackson
Bipasha Basu
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Darren Jones
Paul Smith
Andrew Pragasam
  Mick Stewart
Enoch Sneed
  Dsfgsdfg Dsgdsgsdg
  Hannah Prosser
   

 

Last Updated: