Benediction

Benediction
Date: 18/10/2022 Times: 7:30 pm - 9:45 pm

Terence Davies has had a long and lauded career as one of Britain’s great writer-directors and here is his latest film, which some have seen as autobiographical. In fact, Jack Lowden, who plays Siegfried Sassoon as a young man, says that he realised, when the film was being made, that he was playing his director.

Benediction explores the turbulent life of WWI poet Sassoon. The writer and soldier was a complex man who survived the horrors of fighting in the First World War and was decorated for his bravery but who became a vocal critic of the government’s continuation of the war when he returned from service. His poetry was inspired by his experiences on the Western Front, and he became one of the leading war poets of the era. Adored by members of the aristocracy as well as stars of London’s literary and stage world, he embarked on affairs with several men as he attempted to come to terms with his homosexuality. At the same time, broken by the horror of war, he made his life’s journey a quest for salvation, trying to find it within the conformity of marriage and religion.

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Benediction

Year: 2021

Country: UK

Cert: 12A

Duration: 137 mins

Dir: Terence Davies

'A film of copious and brilliant dialogue.'


Venue: William Loveless Hall