NO GREATER LOVE
DIRECTED BY: MICHAEL WHYTE
DOCUMENTARIES frequently thrive on bringing to the screen hitherto unexplored worlds, but it's rare that those worlds could conceivably exist within your community. Such is the fascination factor with No Greater Love, a film that shines a light for the first time on the Carmelite nuns who reside at the Monastery of the Most Holy Trinity, a secluded place of worship hidden away since 1876 in the depths of, erm, London's Notting Hill. Michael Whyte's film – ten years in the making – offers plenty of insight into what a life devoted to God entails thanks in part to the interviewees, who are generously forthcoming, and also to the freedom he's been granted to quietly observe them, whether engaging in prayer, fashioning new habits, tending to the garden with a chainsaw or making limited use of the internet to order the weekly food shop.