The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister (2010) short review

A fascinating, if depressing, look at a real historical person: Anne Lister, an English landowner who was a lesbian, and who kept a coded diary on which the film is based. The acting is good. The costumes are well done, if relatively plain (as befits the era and the characters). It’s definitely worth watching, if for no other reason than to widen your knowledge of early LGBT history.


About the author



Kendra has been a fixture in the online costuming world since the late 1990s. Her website, Démodé Couture, is one of the most well-known online resources for historical costumers. In the summer of 2014, she published a book on 18th-century wig and hair styling. Kendra is a librarian at a university, specializing in history and fashion. She’s also an academic, with several articles on fashion history published in research journals.