Film tells true story of missing old monk
THE sudden disappearance of a monk is to be turned into a documentary.
The Peculiar Story of the Monk Who Went Missing investigates the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of Father Maurus.
Despite being aged 93, the Benedictine monk would still trek for up to eight miles every day in the forests that surround the 13th century Pluscarden Abbey near Elgin, Moray.
Or rather he did until May 8, 2005. On that day he went out for his usual walk and never returned.
A manhunt was launched by the police but no trace of Father Maurus was found.
The film talks to both the remaining monks and to people in the area who speculate on his ultimate fate.
This leads not only to suggestions of murder and deceit but also to questions about unbridled monastic faith.
But the film is far more than a list of conspiracy theories.
Its director, Christopher Court, is keen to stress that while suitably respectful of Father Maurus’ memory it is also packed with many light-hearted moments.
Mr Court ended up staying as a guest at the abbey for six months while he made his film.
He said: “It was quite difficult for me at first, having come from such a busy place like London. But, gradually, you get tuned in to the rhythm of the abbey.
“I like to think I gained the trust of the monks. They opened up and spoke freely about their lives.
“I also had unrivalled access to the abbey in the making of this documentary.
“You definitely get to see a different side of monks.”