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Benediction

classified 12A
Film

Fri 20 - Thu 26 May

Director
Terence Davies
Cast
Jack Lowden, Harry Lawtey, Jeremy Irvine, Peter Capaldi
Details
137 mins, 2021, UK/USA
Primary language
English

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.

AD
Audio Description
BSL
BSL interpretation
Baby
Baby screening
Bite
Cinébites meal deal
CTBA
Certificate to be announced
D
Dubbed
DS
Descriptive Subtitling
Intro
Introductory Talk
PR Intro
Pre-recorded Intro
PR QA
Pre-recorded Q&A
PS
Partially Subtitled
QA
Q&A Session
R
Recorded
RS
Relaxed Screening
S
Subtitled
SD
25% Socially Distanced screening
Times TBC
To be confirmed