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Brides of Christ 

Diane, a young woman growing up in Australia in the mid 1960s, walks away from her fiancé to join a convent after being sure she has a calling to the faith. The Catholic Church and its ... See full summary »
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Brenda Fricker ...  Sister Agnes 6 episodes, 1991
Sandy Gore ...  Mother Ambrose 6 episodes, 1991
Josephine Byrnes ...  Sister Catherine 6 episodes, 1991
Lisa Hensley Lisa Hensley ...  Sister Paul 6 episodes, 1991
Beth Champion ...  Sister Clare 6 episodes, 1991
Joy Hruby Joy Hruby ...  Sister Polycarp 6 episodes, 1991
Connie Hobbs Connie Hobbs ...  Sister Pierre 6 episodes, 1991
Ann Fay Ann Fay ...  Sister Innocent 6 episodes, 1991
Michelle Pettigrove Michelle Pettigrove ...  Sister Francine 6 episodes, 1991
Naomi Watts ...  Frances Heffernan 5 episodes, 1991
Kym Wilson ...  Rosemary Fitzgerald 5 episodes, 1991
Irene Rowland Irene Rowland ...  Sister Perpetua 5 episodes, 1991
Melissa Thomas Melissa Thomas ...  Brigid Maloney 5 episodes, 1991
Kirsty McGregor ...  Caroline 5 episodes, 1991
Vanessa Collier Vanessa Collier ...  Jacinta 5 episodes, 1991
Rhys McConnochie ...  Monsignor 4 episodes, 1991
Penny Stehli Penny Stehli ...  Sister Patrick 4 episodes, 1991
Leo Taylor Leo Taylor ...  Bill Fitzgerald 3 episodes, 1991
Harold Hopkins ...  Ken Maloney 3 episodes, 1991
Caroline Gillmer Caroline Gillmer ...  Sister Philomena 3 episodes, 1991
Pippa Grandison ...  Bernadette 3 episodes, 1991
Pat Bishop Pat Bishop ...  Mary Maloney 2 episodes, 1991
John Frawley John Frawley ...  Bishop 2 episodes, 1991
Brian Rooney Brian Rooney ...  Brendan Maloney 2 episodes, 1991
Gian Clancey Gian Clancey ...  Kerry Maloney 2 episodes, 1991
Dimity Clancey Dimity Clancey ...  Moya Maloney 2 episodes, 1991
Christine Degeuron Christine Degeuron ...  Mrs. Upton 2 episodes, 1991
Genevieve Mooy Genevieve Mooy ...  Judith Fitzgerald 2 episodes, 1991
Mary-Ann Henshaw Mary-Ann Henshaw ...  Novice Denise 2 episodes, 1991
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Diane, a young woman growing up in Australia in the mid 1960s, walks away from her fiancé to join a convent after being sure she has a calling to the faith. The Catholic Church and its followers are struggling with huge changes. The Pope has died, there is war in Vietnam and mandatory conscription, there is the Vatican controversy on abortion and contraception, and the changing face of the Church as a whole. Told in six parts, Diane faces her own demons and has to finally decide if she can teach what the Church preaches, or if it's simply impossible for her to reconcile all the contradictions of the faith and uphold her vow of obedience. Written by Jane Phillips

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Diane: That's the way it was with these women. When you called into question everything they stood for, when you spat, complained and argued, they returned love. I was surrounded by strong, luminous women intent on doing good.
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You don't have to be Catholic...
25 March 2002 | by ksaelagnulraonSee all my reviews

Incredible account of the sweeping changes that occurred during the Vatican-inspired mini-revolution during the 1960s, focusing on one convent of nuns in Australia. I must admit, not being Christian myself, I was a little skeptical before seeing this series; as it happens, I was so hooked, I watched all six episodes back-to-back (I had it on video), and woke up tired the next morning!! Like the brilliant CHANGI a decade later, each episode revolves around one particular character; unlike CHANGI, each episode is primarily concerned with keeping the plot moving, rather than going back and looking at the character's past, although this comes into it. What we see is a group of women who, for whatever reason, have all chosen to live a celibate life following the teachings of Christ (from the Catholic viewpoint) and of the various religious philosophers of the past millenium. Like any group of people, there are, of course, differences: many of the older women are happy to let the church guide their decision processes, and accept whatever their superiors say. The more educated among the group tend to question the values of the church and, in the opinion of the seniors, threaten to undermine the very substance of what the religious is all about. It was an interesting time for the Catholic church: still regarded as one of the more stringent Christian sects, the western world was undergoing a major cultural revolution, as scientific developments, introductions to new cultures, and different ways of thinking were being encouraged by youth leaders. In an attempt to remain relevant, the Vatican, led by the Pope of the time, recognised that change was inevitable and thus tried to instigate it themselves. A wide number of issues are dealt with here: birth control, abortion, divorce, sex before marriage, interchurch marriages, etc...: many of these issues are, of course, distinct NON-issues among non-Catholics and non-Christians today - birth control, via pills, condoms and surgery, is seen as necessary and, indeed, healthy practice; 50% of marriages in the USA and Australia now end in divorce or separation; most people have sex before marriage. But to Catholics of the time these things were mortal sins, and led to eternal damnation (I can hear non-believers either chuckle or, indeed, gasp with horror, as I did, that all these people were and are wasting their lives, living in fear of something that wouldn't - couldn't ever happen...but it made sense to them, and that's the main thing, it gave their lives purpose...). Every single performance within this miniseries - even down to Russell Crowe's small role as a young man destined to become a conchie - is first-rate, and, when the 330-minute production came to an end, I felt like I had really gotten to know the characters - and indeed that I had seen longer movies with 80 minute runtimes! This is an absolutely top-quality miniseries, comparable with CHANGI, and everyone should see it. 9/10.


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