Fanny Lye Deliver’d
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    Fanny Lye Deliver’d

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    United Kingdom, Germany

    2019

    119 min

    • English

    Thriller

    1657, Fanny and John Lye and their young son Arthur live lives of Puritan stricture on a remote Shropshire farm in a valley beside a forest. Once a Captain in the English Civil War, now a firm believer in Oliver Cromwell’s republic, John suffers a game leg and therefore it is Fanny who must carry out most duties around the farm, taken for granted by both husband and son. One morning, when the family are out at church, two uninvited visitors take refuge in their barn: the charismatic Thomas Ashbury and his young ‘wife’ Rebecca Henshaw, who come running from the forest naked as Adam and Eve. Thomas tells a story of robbery by vicious highwaymen. Although suspicious, John offers clothes and shelter for the night - which satisfies Fanny’s compassionate nature. Whilst the young couple are polite, almost obsequious at first, soon Thomas’ carefree manner can’t help but reveal itself: he makes seductive eyes at Fanny and then draws Arthur into a food fight, for which - despite Thomas’ protestations - the house patriarch disciplines both wife and child. The next day, as Thomas and John coppice wood, Rebecca accidentally reveals to Fanny that she and Thomas are unmarried. Soon after, three more strangers approach the farm: a Sheriff and his Deputy, accompanied by the local Constable, hunting members of a blasphemous ‘Ranter’ sect. From here, events quickly escalate in ways that will change all their lives forever.

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    Cast
    Maxine Peake
    Charles Dance
    Freddie Fox
    Screenplay
    Thomas Clay
    Production
    FIERY FLYING FILMS LIMITED
    Production
    ESSENTIAL FILMPRODUKTION GMBH
    Production
    BRITISH FILM INSTITUTE
    Production
    ZDF
    Production
    ARTE
    Sales
    COPRODUCTION OFFICE

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    Thomas Clay

    Thomas Clay

    United Kingdom

    Born in Brighton, England, 1979, Thomas Clay studied 16mm film production at the CFU in London. At the age of 19, he made his first medium-length film, MOTION (2001), together with producer and co-writer Joseph Lang. His debut feature, THE GREAT ECSTASY OF ROBERT CARMICHAEL (2005), screened as part of Semaine de la Critique in Cannes. His second feature, SOI COWBOY (2008), shot on location in Thailand, premiered in the Cannes Official Selection in 2008. Both films were sold theatrically in many countries around the world. The first retrospective of Thomas Clay’s work was held at the Mar Del Plata IFF. FANNY LYE DELIVER’D (2020) is Thomas’ third feature film.

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