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Visions of Ecstasy
Directed by Nigel Wingrove
Produced by John Stephenson
Written by Nigel Wingrove
Starring Louise Downie
Elisha Scott
Dan Fox
Music by Steven Severin
Cinematography Ricardo Coll
Editing by Steve Graham
Running time 18 min.
Country  United Kingdom
Language English

Visions of Ecstasy is a 1989 short (19 minutes) film directed by Nigel Wingrove.

It was refused certification by the British Board of Film Classification because of scenes featuring a sexualised representation of Saint Teresa of Ávila caressing the body of Jesus on the cross. The BBFC felt that the scenes could potentially make the film liable to prosecution for blasphemy. As cutting the scenes would remove approximately half of the film's content, the board decided to refuse certification altogether. The distributor took his case to the European Court of Human Rights where the BBFC's decision was upheld to reject certification.


Wingrove v. The United Kingdom,(1997) 24 EHRR 1, [1996] ECHR 17419/90

The blasphemy laws in the UK were repealed in 2008, and there are now plans to release the film. A date has not yet been announced.

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