Benediction (M)

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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.

Cast: Kate Phillips, Jeremy Irvine, Julian Sands, Peter Capaldi

Director: Terence Davies

★★★★★ "[an] elegant, haunting biopic of the war poet" THE SKINNY

★★★★ "The sheer depth of Sassoon's personal misery feels like a brutally unfashionable thing for a contemporary film to confront, but Davies, who's never given a fig about fashion, confronts it head on." DAILY TELEGRAPH

★★★★ "The tragic life of the poet and soldier is revisited with melancholy and theatricality in a bleak, and often hard to watch, biopic" GUARDIAN

★★★★ "an incredibly moving and beautifully realised biopic of Siegfried Sassoon" DAILY MIRROR UK

Sessions

Starts from Thursday, 23 June 2022. Session times to be announced.

Ticket Prices

  • 2D screenings:
    Adults $13 • Members $11 • Children (aged 3 to 12) $10
  • 3D screenings:
    All tickets $13 or $45 for family of four (max two adults, children aged 3 to 12)
  • NT Live:
    Adults $25 • Seniors $23 • Full-time students/children $15 • Student groups (10+) $12 each
  • MET Opera:
    Adults $28 • Seniors $23

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