Benediction

2021, Biography/History, 2h 17m

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It isn't an easy watch, but Benediction uncovers a profoundly affecting drama in the real-life story of a combat veteran whose poetry warned against the horrors of war. Read critic reviews

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Written and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Terence Davies, Benediction explores the turbulent life of WWI poet Siegfried Sassoon (Jack Lowden). 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.

Cast & Crew

Jack Lowden
Young Siegfried Sassoon
Peter Capaldi
Siegfried Sassoon
Jeremy Irvine
Ivor Novello
Calam Lynch
Stephen Tennant
Tom Blyth
Glen Byam Shaw
Kate Phillips
Young Hester Gatty
Geraldine James
Theresa Thornycroft
Anton Lesser
Stephen Tennant
Suzanne Bertish
Lady Ottoline
Julian Sands
Chief Medical Officer
Ben Daniels
Dr. Rivers
Gemma Jones
Hester Gatty
Terence Davies
Screenwriter
Paul Ashton
Executive Producer
Margarethe Baillou
Executive Producer
Lizzie Francke
Executive Producer
Rose Garnett
Executive Producer
Nicola Daley
Cinematographer
Alex Mackie
Film Editor
Andy Harris
Production Design
Adam Tomlinson
Art Director
Alison Harvey
Set Decoration
Annie Symons
Costume Designer
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