Nigel Wingrove

Nigel Wingrove – Visions of Ecstasy (1989)

Visions of Ecstasy is a 1989 short film that became the only work to be refused a certification by the British Board of Film Classification on the grounds of blasphemy. The film, which was directed by Nigel Wingrove, was banned because it featured sexualised scenes of Saint Teresa of Ávila with the body of Jesus on the cross. It contains a fantasy scene in which the figure of St Teresa of Avila caresses the body of the crucified Christ and apparently has sex with him. The BBFC felt that any release of the film could be liable for prosecution under the common law offence of blasphemous libel. Read More »