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Tim Cawkwell's Cinema

Intelligible writing on intelligent film, plus some poetry

Filming the cloisters

The last few years have seen a triad of documentaries made in monasteries or nunneries with notable results:

  • 2005: Tacita Dean's Presentation Sisters
  • 2006: Philip Groning's Die Grosse Stille/Into Great Silence
  • 2009: Michael Whyte's No Greater Love

For some reflections on this development, upload a pdf here.


For a longer essay on the magnificent Into Great Silence, upload a pdf here.


My NEW FILMGOER'S GUIDE TO GOD features this material as well.