God's Outlaw: the film

The film of Brian Edwards' hook God's Outlaw has been shown in the British Library as part of the BL Tyndale Exhibition. Here are some comments from the Exhibitions' staff on the film and the audience:

"A wonderful film. One of the few I have every actually enjoyed seeing in a public environment. I felt the audience became a totally united organism. so strong were the shared feelings ... Such has been the impact of the exhibition and associated events that WT is now regarded here as 'Young Will'." (Frances Ash-Glover)

"I noticed that quite a few people - several elderly - had waited (stood) outside for an hour, so keen not to miss out on the film. Many coming out of the lecture were clearly determined they would get back in to watch the film. I overhead comments like 'They're bound to show it again', and 'there'll be showings in future. I'm sure.' The Lecture Theatre, which holds about 200, was full to capacity, with at least one standing at the hack. and a good cross-section of age. There was an almost palpable sense of commitment... spontaneous laughter ... audible holding of breath in the moving sections. The film had a fast pace: its understated presentation all the more forceful and telling." (Richard John)

"The popularity of the exhibition had surprised even those of us who had expected it to be popular. The audience was keen, even audible at times. The film offered a fast-paced picture of Tyndale's struggles without simplifying the facts too much ... I was glad to see that More was not shown merely as Tyndales enemy ... As one of the BL team who had set up the exhibition it was very sobering to see the tremendous struggles and arguments provoked by those hooks and letters we had laid out ... The most moving moment for me was the scene of Tyndale in prison, cold and tired. scratching out his letter asking for some warmer clothes, and to be allowed his hooks. Having placed that very letter in its case made it all the more poignant for me ... When I think of Tyndale now I see Roger Rees' face" (Anne Rose)

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