- 2h 17min
- Directed by: Terence Davies
- Cast: Jack Lowden, Calam Lynch, Kate Phillips
- Byre Theatre, St Andrews
- National Film & Television School, Beaconsfield
- Partington Players Theatre, Glossop
- Perth Theatre
- Settle Victoria Hall
Byre Theatre, St Andrews (0.0 miles)
Thu 30 Mar
National Film & Television School, Beaconsfield (0.0 miles)
Sat 15 Apr
Partington Players Theatre, Glossop (0.0 miles)
Sat 6 May
Perth Theatre (0.0 miles)
Thu 30 Mar
Settle Victoria Hall (0.0 miles)
Wed 7 Jun
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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