OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
Terence Davies, Michael Elliott
BENEDICTION explores the turbulent life of First World War poet, Siegfried Sassoon. Sassoon was a complex man; he survived the horrors of fighting in the war and was decorated for his bravery, but he 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. 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.