Released: 2021 Running Time: 137 mins

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Benediction explores the life of English war poet Siegfried Sassoon. Sassoon, played by Jack Lowden as a young man and Peter Capaldi when older, was a complex man who survived the horrors of fighting in the First World 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 poetry was inspired by his experiences on the Western Front and 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.

Key People:

Director: Terence Davies

Writer: Terence Davies

Cinematography: Nicola Daley

Production Design: Andy Harris

Further Information

For further information, full cast and crew listings, trivia and reviews, please see the Benediction Page on IMDB.

Upcoming screenings

8 October 2022


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9 November 2022


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18 November 2022


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