• 2021
  • 2h 17min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Terence Davies
  • Cast: Jack Lowden, Calam Lynch, Kate Phillips

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Byre Theatre, St Andrews (0.0 miles)

Abbey Street, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9LA
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Thu 30 Mar

National Film & Television School, Beaconsfield (0.0 miles)

Station Road, Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, HP9 1LG
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Sat 15 Apr


Partington Players Theatre, Glossop (0.0 miles)

Henry Street, Glossop, Derbyshire, SK13 8BW
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Sat 6 May


Perth Theatre (0.0 miles)

Mill Street, Perth, PH1 5UW
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Thu 30 Mar

£7 (£6)

Settle Victoria Hall (0.0 miles)

Kirkgate, Settle, North Yorkshire, BD24 9DZ
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Wed 7 Jun


Benediction| 12A | 2h 17mins|

In his first film about an openly gay man, Terence Davies casts Jack Lowden and Peter Capaldi to play poet Sassoon as a young man and in later life. Convalescing in a veterans’ hospital, and conveniently out of the public eye after publishing work that was sharply critical of the military decision-makers, Sasoon meets Wilfred Owen, a tender first relationship (if more of mind than body).

Davies counterpoints key moments in Sassoon’s life – his relationships with Ivor Novello and the aristocrat Stephen Tennant, as well as his later marriage to a woman – with beautiful readings of his poetry over montages of real images of soldiers in wartime. Featuring a wonderfully understated performance from Lowden, it’s a moving tribute to Sassoon, who grew to old age with bitter regret, having been unable to love and desire freely.

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