A trailer has been released for Terence Davies-directed biographical drama Benediction, about war veteran and poet Siegfried Sassoon. 

Director Terence Davies is known for his work on British dramas and biographical films. He helmed The Deep Blue Sea starring Rachel Weisz and Tom Hiddleston, and more recently A Quiet Passion – a film about the life of American poet Emily Dickinson. Now, Davies has turned his attention to another poet with Benediction – his latest project about Siegfried Sassoon.

Sassoon, a decorated soldier in the First World War, returned home and became a vocal critic of the British Government for their continuation of the war. Not only did he struggle with his experiences on the Western Front, which inspired much of his poetry, he also had affairs with several high-profile men as he tried to come to terms with his homosexuality. In Benediction, Davies paints a picture of a an searching for peace and self-acceptance. Sassoon is played by both Jack Lowden and Peter Capaldi.

Watch the trailer below –

Also among the cast are Jeremy Irvine (who featured in War Horse and Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again), Calam Lynch (who had a role in Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk), and Simon Russell Beale, who will play Winston Churchill in the upcoming and much-delayed Operation Mincemeat. Kate Phillips, who played Princess Mary in 2019’s Downton Abbey movie, is also in the supporting cast. As you can see, there is plenty of British talent involved in Benediction. 

The film made its debut at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival in September last year. It also played at San Sebastian and the BFI London Film Festival, and received two nominations at the British Independent Film Awards.

UK and Ireland distributor Vertigo Releasing has announced that the film will be shown in cinemas this spring, though it has not given an exact date. More news on this as we hear it.

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