Terence Davies offers another brilliantly written, decidedly unhappy potrait
Tom Blyth (Glen Byam Shaw)Jack Lowden (Young Siegfried Sassoon)Kate Phillips (Young Hester Gatty)Jeremy Irvine (Ivor Novello)Julian Sands (Chief Medical Officer)Peter Capaldi (Siegfried Sassoon)Gemma Jones (Hester Gatty)Geraldine James (Theresa Thornycroft)Anton Lesser (Stephen Tennant)Simon Russell Beale (Robbie Ross)Ben Daniels (Dr. Rivers)Calam Lynch (Stephen Tennant)Lia Williams (Edith Sitwell)Tim Delap (Geoffrey Keynes)Kellie Shirley (Singing Girl)Suzanne Bertish (Lady Ottoline)Harry Lawtey (Bobby Andrews)Richard Goulding (George Sassoon)
BENEDICTION explores the turbulent life of First World War poet, Siegfried Sassoon, through the eyes of the revered filmmaker Terence Davies. Sassoon 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. His story is one of a troubled man in a fractured world searching for peace and self-acceptance, something which speaks as meaningfully to the modern world as it did then.