Director: Terence Davies
2022, 2 hrs 17 min, PG-13
OC, CC, DVS
Cast: Jack Lowden, Peter Capaldi, Simon Russell Beale, Jeremy Irvine
SCREENING ROOM – 75% capacity (30 guests)
Written and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Terence Davies, Benediction explores the turbulent life of WWI poet, Siegfried Sassoon. Sassoon was a complex man who survived the horrors of fighting in the 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 experiences on the Western Front inspired his poetry as 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.