Terence Davies (A Quiet Passion, The Deep Blue Sea) evocatively explores the turbulent life of Siegfried Sassoon, known for his poetry on the horrors of the Great War, and also his love affairs with other notable men.
Starring Jack Lowden and Peter Capaldi as the younger and older Sassoon respectively, Sassoon’s experience of the First World War on the Western Front is crafted in layers of heroism, loss, and unfathomable trauma, which inspired his poetry. His attempt at conscientious objection to the war leads to him being committed to a Scottish hospital, where he meets and mentors fellow poet and soldier Wilfred Owen.
Davies’ first film about an openly gay man employs a collage-style narrative that intercuts dramatic scenes of 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.
A moving tribute to a troubled man, searching for peace and self-acceptance, Benediction is an elegant work that reflects on British queer histories.
Screening in partnership with Queer Vision.
- Screenings of Benediction on Wed 25 May are part of our Cinébites deal: get 30% off any main dish in the Café & Bar with a valid cinema ticket.
- Please note: the screening of Benediction on Tue 24 May 17:30 is a Relaxed Screening.
- Socially Distanced screening of Benediction takes place on Thu 26 May 14:10. Available seating is reduced to 25% of the screen capacity for additional comfort.
- Audio Description
- BSL interpretation
- Baby screening
- Cinébites meal deal
- Certificate to be announced
- Descriptive Subtitling
- Introductory Talk
- PR Intro
- Pre-recorded Intro
- PR QA
- Pre-recorded Q&A
- Partially Subtitled
- Q&A Session
- Relaxed Screening
- 25% Socially Distanced screening
- Times TBC
- To be confirmed