A film about nuns who fall in love, to be shown in welsh Cathedral

The short film, which is deeply critical of the Church’s attitude to homosexuality to its world premiere in the Cathedral with the approval of the Archbishop of Wales.

In a 12-minute documentary film that tells the story of two former nuns who fell in love with each other, only to be persecution of the Church after their relationship was exposed, will be shown at the Cathedral of St. Asaph in denbighshire, North Wales.

All one in Christ will premiere on Tuesday and it is believed that the first gay film to be shown in the British Church.

The Archbishop, Dr Barry Morgan, said: “this film will not be seen as members of the Church, as it reminds us how people among us were ostracized and humiliated because of their sexuality.

“By sharing personal stories of those affected and not affected, I hope that this powerful film will show the full scale of the damage and will eventually help to change the attitude in the Church.”

The film was produced by the organizers of the iris prize, the world’s largest LGBT short film prize, now in its 10th year.

Although it is done with sensitivity, with many of the participants in the conversation about their eternal commitment to the Church, the producers recognise venue for screening can cause condemnation from some circles.

In the documentary former nun Anne and Marika Jane savage-Lewis to describe the outrage from their local Bishop after their reveal in the Sunday newspaper about 40 years ago.

The local priest physically blocked the entrance to the Church. “It was us,” Marika Jane savage-Lewis told the Guardian. She said the Archbishop was “very brave”, which allows screening “especially given the hoo-ha that goes on.”

Other participants include a gay priest who was once told by her local Bishop that she was “danger of scandal” and regularly go to Church, who says that “the lack of freedom to be themselves among other Christians” will begin to affect mental and physical health.

Andrew Pearce, Chairman of the award iris said: “We have always been aware of the film and here we are a few days away from the historic screening of LGBT films in the Cathedral in North Wales.”

Berwyn Rowlands, Director of the iris prize, paid tribute to the courage and the Archbishop and members of the film. “The idea that we have moved forward and that the Church in Wales, in particular, ready for the Cathedral to be used on the screen, this film is amazing,” he said.

“What we have here is a process of healing. For those who have faith, I think it will be innovative.

“We have carefully studied, that there may be some critics. We hope that common sense, humanity and tolerance. Gay marriage is still seen as a problem, but it is amazing how the bishops and the Archbishop went out of their way to make it clear that the Church in Wales is a Church for all”.

The film includes also the Bishop Stephen Lowe, who says: “the way in which gays and lesbians were persecuted is that Church should feel deep remorse”.

All one in Christ among the 36 films produced in partnership with communities across Wales prize iris of propaganda and funded by the big lottery Fund. The project works to promote tolerance and understanding.