Black Narcissus is one of two roles Dame Diana Rigg did before her death. Here she plays Mother Dorothea. Her character chooses the religious group to go from Nepal to set up a branch of their order. The order’s new home is in the Himalayas at the remote palace of Mopu.
This is an adaptation of Rumer Godden’s iconic tale of sexual repression and forbidden love. It is destined for the FX channel and later BBC.
Black Narcissus Movie
Many may have seen the Black Narcissus 1947 film. It was adapted then for the screen by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger and caused quite a bit of religious controversy. There was even a bit of censorship to what was filmed. With a scene cut only to be restored when it was re-released in the USA in the 1980s. However, this did not stop it winning two Oscars at the time. One was for Cinematography (Jack Cardiff) and the other Art Direction (Alfred Junge).
It will be interesting to see how this version differs and if it can live up to such high esteem.
Life after death
Check out the Black Narcissus Trailer and full lowdown below. Watch out for the brief glimpse of Diana Rigg. When your an actress there is always life after death! Bless her for these memories.
Black Narcissus Trailer
Black Narcissus Lowdown
This haunting love story here is returned to its original setting in the 1930s. The mini-series follows Sister Clodagh (Arterton) and the nuns of St Faiths. They travel to Nepal to set up a branch of their order in the remote palace of Mopu.
We have the unfettered sensuality of the so-called House of Women. Here Sister Clodagh finds herself increasingly attracted to the handsome and damaged land agent, Mr Dean (Nivola). But as the repressed memories of Clodagh’s past become entangled with the tragic history of Princess Srimati, history seems doomed to repeat itself.
Are there really ghosts here in the new how is in the Himalayas, or are the nuns just succumbing to long-repressed primal desires? And which of them is prepared to die – or kill – for love?
Cast and Crew
The cast includes:-
- Gemma Arterton (The King’s Man, The Escape) as Sister Clodagh
- Alessandro Nivola (American Hustle, Chimerica) as Mr Dean
- Aisling Franciosi (The Nightingale, I Know This Much Is True) as Sister Ruth
- Diana Rigg (Game Of Thrones, Victoria) as Mother Dorothea
- Jim Broadbent (Paddington, Paddington 2, The Iron Lady) as Father Roberts
- Gina McKee (Catherine The Great, Bodyguard) as Sister Adela
- Rosie Cavaliero (Prey, Unforgotten) as Sister Briony
- Patsy Ferran (Tom And Jerry, Jamestown) as Sister Blanche
- Karen Bryson (MotherFatherSon, Safe) as Sister Philippa
- and Dipika Kunwar as Kanchi, making her television debut
The three part series was filmed in Jomsom, Nepal and Pinewood Studios, UK, at the end part of last year.
Directed by Charlotte Bruus Christensen from a screenplay by Bafta award-winning writer Amanda Coe.
The mini-series premieres all three episodes on Monday, November 23rd, 2020, on FX at 8 pm ET/PT. It will then be available the next day on Hulu. In the UK the BBC are due to show it later, sometime in December 2020.