Abbey of Thelema
Writing by: Vincent Jennings – writer
Produced by: Susan Elaine – producer
Vincent Jennings – producer
Mike Ketcher – associate producer
Abbey Trask – assistant producer
Cast: Mike Ketcher – Aleister Crowley
Lynn Mastio Rice – Leah Hirsig
Blandine Fromont – Ninette Shumway
Brenda Sue Fowler – Jane Wolfe
Don Henrie – Angel of Death
Erin Marie Hogan – Mary Butts
Jaxon Stanford – Police Chief Luigi Giovanni of Cefalu
Ron Jeremy – Father Pacianus
Erik A. Williams – Cecil Maitland
Brett Rigby – Raoul
Aaron Shaffer – Frank Bennett
Music: Devlin John Andersen David Newby Joyce Ramsay-Graye
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Plot Outline: Based on actual facts and events, explores the Thelemic Commune in Cefalu, Sicily from 1920-1923.
Plot: Aleister Crowley, The Beast,666, begins a Thelemic Commune in Cefalu, Sicily. Inspired by a true story,the movie “Abbey Of Thelema” begins with Aleister Crowley living in New York just after World War I. Out of a job, since Germany lost the war,Aleister begins painting and actually receives favorable reviews. One of the models he painted, Leah Hirsig, was painted as a dead soul. Romance evolves and Leah is inaugurated as the Scarlet Woman mentioned in the book of Revelation. Shortly thereafter, Leah finds out she is pregnant and decides to leave with her son from a previous relationship for Switzerland to visit her sister. A couple of months later, short of cash and dodging creditors, Aleister Crowley decides to bid farewell to the Colonies and go back to England. In the meantime, Leah has met a French widow by the name of Ninette Shumway with a three year old son who has been working as a Nanny. Since Leah is pregnant and can not depend upon Aleister Crowley for help, she asks Ninette if she wants to be the nanny, Ninette accepts and Crowley is thrilled when he finds out, envisioning an instant recipe for a more complex romance. When Crowley arrives in France, he stumbles across an old friend, Nina Hammett, who warns him to keep his distance and stay out of her life. He then proceeds to meet with Leah, Ninette and the two brats. Since Leah is about to deliver, Aleister Crowley sends her to England while Ninette and him with brats in tow go to Cefalu, Sicily to establish the commune. Before they have a chance to leave France, Ninette and Aleister are already having sex. Ninette starts becoming more and more possessive of Aleister, thinking she is the new flame in Aleister's life. But there is only one Scarlet Woman in Aleister's life and she shortly arrives after the birth of her daughter nicknamed Poupee. Leah is very secure in her relationship with Aleister, knowing there is only one Scarlet Woman. Jealously leads to frequent squabbles and fights between Leah and Ninette. One by one, others join the commune, including actress Jane Wolfe, writers Mary Butts and Cecil Mailtland, ex-Navy CF Russell, Oxford genius Raoul Loveday and his older wife Betty May, and Norman Mudd. The police raid the Abbey on more than one occasion, the police chief has been politely monitoring the situation from the inception and the Landlord has the hardest time collecting rent. Finally, after a couple of deaths and miscarriages and bad publicity mixed with deteriorating relations between Italy and England, Aleister Crowley is deported from Sicily.
Movie Quotes: Bill Compton: Aren't you afraid to be out here alone with a hungry vampire?
Sookie Stackhouse: No.
Bill Compton: Vampires often turn on those who trust them, you know. We don't have human values like you.
Sookie Stackhouse: A lot of humans turn on those who trust them, too.
“>takes out a silver chain and wraps it around her neck]
Sookie Stackhouse: I'm not a total fool.
Bill Compton: Oh, but you have other very juicy arteries. There is one in the groin that is a particular favorite of mine.
Sookie Stackhouse: Hey, you just shut your nasty mouth, mister! You might be a vampire, but when you talk to me, you will talk to me like the lady that I am!
Crazy Credits: We know about 1 Crazy Credits. One of them reads:
Post Production Security: Sam “Lampshade” Van Valkenburg Mattey
Goofs: We know about 6 goofs. Here comes one of them:
Revealing mistakes: In the trailers, when Delaney (Craig Robinson) says the line “Han Solo and Princess Leia ain't never had no sex in Star War,” Lester (Jason Mewes) can be seeing mouthing the line along with him. This may well be an intentional reference to the goof in Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980) where Harrison Ford can be seen mouthing Carrie Fisher's line.
Trivia: There are 3 entries in the trivia list – like these:
- Writer and producer of the film, Vincent Jennings, was in a religious cult for seven years and then was a cult exit counselor for two years. He also lectured on cults, and was considered a cult expert during that time period.
- Susan Elaine, who plays Alma Hirsig, just finished her first full length novel.
- John Paul, the film editor, started his film career at the age of five, when big brother Chris used to “borrow” Mom's video camera.