Leicester Mercury

Monastery in TV show flooded with messages of appreciati­on

- By FINVOLA DUNPHY finvola.dunphy@reachplc.com @finvoladun­phy

MONKS at Mount St Bernard Abbey say they have been inundated with goodwill messages – and beer orders – since featuring in a BBC documentar­y.

Brotherhoo­d: The Inner Life of Monks received rave reviews from critics and viewers alike after it aired on Sunday.

It was shot by Leicester filmmaker Nick Hamer, who followed the monks at the monastery near Whitwick over the course of a year in which they launched a trappist beer.

He said BBC Four was the “perfect platform” for his documentar­y and that he was delighted by its success.

“It’s a long-held ambition fulfilled to have my film play on this channel, which is really the home of the very best documentar­ies on TV,” he said.

“I’ve lived in the city for 23 years now, more than half of my life.

“I love this city and I’m proud to capture some important stories local to Leicester in my films.”

The Abbot of Mount St Bernard, Father Joseph, said he was “thrilled” with the response to the film.

He said: “The community have been inundated with messages of appreciati­on and overwhelme­d with beer orders.”

In reviews, The Telegraph said the documentar­y was “a contemplat­ive film about monks trying to preserve their way of life” which “took faith and spirituali­ty seriously”.

The Independen­t said: “Nick Hamer’s warm, meditative film captures the mood of the community at a pivotal


moment when, having abandoned their no-longer-viable agricultur­al pursuits, the monks invest in the future with a bold move into hi-tech brewing.”

Twitter user Hannah Karpaty said: “This is a fantastic watch. I’ve watched it a few times and love it.

“I recommend a pen and paper handy as there are some wise and wonderful things said that you might want to remind yourself from time to time.”

Nick’s next film is about the demolition of Goscote House, a block of municipal housing in Leicester.

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COMPELLING VIEWING: The documentar­y, by Nick Hamer, below, aired on BBC Four

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