Tony Benn: Will and Testament

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Tony Benn (87), the longest serving Labour MP in history, is also, arguably, the most popular UK politician of all time. Across the globe and in particular over the last five years his brand of socialism has struck a cord with people of all ages and social backgrounds. For the first time ever through intimate, quasi confessional interviews and his personal, photographic and film archive 'Will And Testament' reveals a very human face behind the political mask. In this feature length film, Tony Benn also criss-crosses the UK bearing witness to major social and political upheavals and events. He hopes 'Will And Testament' will prove to be the defining documentary of the most globally and politically aware generation in a lifetime. This documentary is an exclusive and deeply personal look at the life of a national treasure, a frank, candid and sometimes painful exploration of the great themes of life that have affected him and affect us all, love, loss, hopes, dreams, fears and death. Never before has a person of his calibre and reputation spoken to camera in such a direct way.


Critic Reviews for Tony Benn: Will and Testament

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (3)

  • Whatever your opinion of Tony Benn, Will and Testament is a delightful and ultimately moving portrait.

    Oct 3, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • Tony Benn gets a personal and political whitewash from this fawning documentary.

    Oct 3, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Only a curmudgeon would deny the charm and persuasiveness of this eulogy to Tony Benn.

    Oct 2, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The question that Kite never answers is who is this film for? Anyone familiar with Benn may well feel short-changed, whilst anyone unaware of the man's importance will learn precious little, so lacking is it contextually.

    Apr 3, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Like a family scrapbook - Benn himself approved the final cut - what is contained here is carefully curated, chosen to represent in a certain way but thanks to Benn's unnerring conviction, is no less fascinating for that.

    May 18, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Politics has rarely felt this human.

    Oct 10, 2014 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Tony Benn: Will and Testament

  • Jan 29, 2015
    As critical of Blair as he is of Thatcher. Whatever your political leaning, this is worth a watch.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer

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