• Director-Screenwriter

    Terence Davies

  • Producer

    Michael Elliott

  • With

    Jack Lowden, Peter Capaldi, Jeremy Irvine

  • UK 2021. 137min

  • Language

    English

  • UK Distribution Vertigo Releasing

When decorated officer Sassoon pens anti-war poems from the trenches, his society connections save him from the humiliation of a court martial. Instead, he is sent to ‘recuperate’ in a hospital dedicated to those suffering the traumas of conflict. It’s there that he meets the love of his life, poet Wilfred Owen, and embarks on a period of rapturous and productive creativity. Owen returns to active service and is killed. Sassoon suffers a profound guilt that never leaves him. Davies’ film beautifully captures the scale of a whole life, shifting between young Sassoon (brilliantly played by Jack Lowden) and the poet in later life (a hawkish Peter Capaldi), after he has converted to Catholicism. Although he was caught up in the hedonistic, high-society world of the 1920s – where Davies’ acerbic wit comes to the fore – becoming the lover of both matinee idol Ivor Novello and artist Stephen Tennant, Sassoon always felt a sense of profound loss throughout his adult life, misguidedly seeking comfort in religion and marriage. Davies’ film captures these events with grace and plangent beauty.

Brian Robinson

Access information

Audio description available at all screenings, for customers who are blind or partially sighted.

The screening on Friday 18 March will have on-screen subtitles including descriptions of non-dialogue audio, for customers who are D/deaf or people experiencing hearing loss.

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