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  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 3, 2012
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,018 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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On the whole, well acted and good stuff.
Felicity Springthorpe
The cast was excellent, with rich, believable performances by Maxine Peake as the lead Anne Lister and Susan Lynch as her friend Tib.
An incredible true life story of a woman that lives her life in honesty and integrity with her personal convictions.
Suzanne M.

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By jazz on December 26, 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
...Ahem (let me clear my throat)...

Well I bought this movie on the off chance that my dvd player would play this format. I had seen snippets of this movie on Youtube and was very intrigued and more than a little frustrated that the entire story was not there! I enjoy watching quality women loving films. Don't care at all for those cheesy lesbian romps that are just trashy porn. I especially am interested in movies that portray women loving relationships of different time periods. Because we all know gays existed throughout history, they didn't just crop up in the last couple centuries! So I bought this movie and sadly discovered my dvd player was not compatible. But... gladly my computer had no such qualms! YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!! :-)

First I must say that Miss Anne lived wayyy before her time! She was a very passionate woman in her pursuits and her love for Marianna. She and her friend Tib complete their circle of friends. Indeed, they are all special friends! This movie is Sense and Sensibility meets the L Word, if the L Word were a show of lord and ladies in the 1800s, that is! Miss Anne and Marianna are and unofficial couple of their trio. But as the movie unfolds, the viewer finds that Tib her self is in mad love with Miss Anne. And Anne is like the Shane of this movie breaking hearts in her wake. After Marianna marries the old and rather plump Lord Lawton, Anne is left to waste away her time pining away for her lost love. Much like the lovers of Broke Back Mountain, these two lovers can scarcely find time to break away in their strict society and lives to chisel a piece of time for themselves. And in the lapse of time between their assignations, Anne and Tib find solace in each other.
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I'm not going to sugar coat my reaction to BBC's "The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister." As this handsome production began, I absolutely hated it! As we meet the central character in the opening sequences, she is portrayed as one of the most obnoxious women ever! Most, if not all, of my initial reaction is based on the fact that we're plopped down in the middle of a story with very little context. In real life, Anne Lister was a fascinating person who challenged conventional society by opening declaring herself as a lesbian. She was also an astute business woman, a daring adventurer and an accomplished academic. But as the telefilm doesn't go into much depth about these pursuits, I won't either. In the beginning, "The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister" seems to want to position itself as a frothy sex comedy. Anne is predatory, unconcerned about anything but her own agenda, and dismissive of others. And yet, the screenplay seems to think we'll find her charming. I, myself, did not. It doesn't help that there has been no character development to help explain her behavior. I didn't feel as if the movie wanted me to know or understand our heroine, simply accept her unconditionally.

But just as I had all but written off the movie as a missed opportunity, it started to become a bit more focused. As Anne becomes committed to the love of her life, she starts to clarify as a character. Maxine Peake really throws herself into this performance, and as the film progresses--she has numerous scenes where she's allowed to really go wild. It's both bold and fearless. As Anne becomes obsessive, jealous, and disillusioned by this relationship (the object of her affection has married another), Peake turns the unpleasant characterization from the beginning of the movie into a far more complex creation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JJCEO #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on October 9, 2012
Format: DVD
It is the year 1821 and Anne is hiking through the hills of England and comes upon her friends who are bird watching and waiting for her. She is watching her friends from a distance through a spyglass and she is excited to see them particularly her lover and friend Mariana Belcombe. Anna is lesbian in a time when homosexuality is not tolerated. She is later shocked that day when it is announced that Mariana announces that she is getting married to an older and obviously not attractive man for financial reasons. Anne is crushed and her life is in turmoil.

Anne Lister is a wealthy heiress to the estate known as Shibden Hall which is her family estate. She lives with her aunt and uncle in the family home and none of them have ever been married. Anne attends the wedding of Mariana and wears black to the wedding. She looks like she is going to a funeral. Anne is so mad she walks all the way home crying. She is depressed and she is not eating properly. She realizes that she has to forget about Mariana. She devotes her time to reading studying and preparing to write a book. She writes her diary every day and some of it is in code....

This is a true story about strong willed woman who is a lesbian long before it was culturally accepted. She has lost the love of her life and has to overcome the loss which is primarily due to the persecution that they would face if they were openly together. She is already called Freddie by her lover and Gentleman Jack by the people in town. Despite her troubled life she leads a role in developing a coal mining operation on her extensive estate property and meets up with another wealthy woman who also owns an estate and wants to be with Anne.

All of her life she kept a diary and about 1/6 of the pages were written in a code.
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