Precious Bane (U)

Director Christopher Menaul. UK, 1989. Drama/History/Romance

Based on the book by Mary Webb set in nineteenth century rural Shropshire, we are pleased to be able to offer this film, thanks to some negotiations with the BBC. Prue Sarn is a free spirit born with a harelip – her 'precious bane'. The townspeople are wary of her and her affliction but Prue takes comfort in the countryside and her hopeless love for Kester Woodseaves, the weaver. He finally discerns the true beauty of Prue but this is set against the tragic drama of her brother Gideon's overbearing ambition, which threatens to ruin the harmony of Prue's world.

Starring Janet McTeer, Clive Owen, John Bowe and Jim Carter

Flicks Advisor (comments from our film promoters)

An audience of 131 gave this film a deserved round of applause at the end. This was a well made and attractively filmed version of Mary Webb's book.

A lovely film which was technically excellent in its day but obviously a bit dated now. Super images and really perfect rustic scenes. Sound needed to be reduced in the Treble and volume fluctuated all the time. Well worth showing and our audience loved it. Well up to expectation

Good film although the sound quality was not too good in places. Thoroughly enjoyed by audience because of its local connections.

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