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Film Review: Benediction (2022): A Dappled but Daring Glimpse Inside a Hero’s Closet

Film Review: Benediction (2022): A Dappled but Daring Glimpse Inside a Hero’s Closet
Benediction Review — Benediction (2022) Film Review, a movie directed and written by Terence Davies, and starring Jack Lowden, Peter Capaldi, Simon Russell Beale, Jeremy Irvine, Calam Lynch, Kate Philips, Gemma Jones, Julian Sands, Tom Blyth, Matthew Tennyson, Richard Goulding, Anton Lesser, and Ben Daniels. World War I poet Siegfried Sassoon is the focus of [...]

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‘Benediction’ Film Review: Terence Davies Confirms His Status as Poet Laureate of Biopics

‘Benediction’ Film Review: Terence Davies Confirms His Status as Poet Laureate of Biopics
Most biopics are thuddingly prosaic: There’s a lot of “this happened, then that happened,” performed by a famous person covering themselves in latex in an attempt to resemble another famous person.

In the hands of British auteur Terence Davies, however, biopics can be poetry, although his choice of subject matter probably helps in that department. On the heels of his gorgeous and contemplative “A Quiet Passion,” about the life of Emily Dickinson, he returns with another passionately quiet portrait, this time exploring Siegfried Sassoon in “Benediction.”

It’s an impressionistic collage, and Davies skillfully jumps from the 1910s to the 1960s and back again. “Benediction” fleetingly encapsulates the horrors of WWI — Sassoon went from being a decorated soldier to an outspoken critic against those who would prolong the conflict — the shadow-world of British gay men in the decades before homosexuality was decriminalized in the UK, and the bitterness of
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Terence Davies on the Cruelty of Gay Life and Why ‘Benediction’ Is His Best Film

Terence Davies on the Cruelty of Gay Life and Why ‘Benediction’ Is His Best Film
English filmmaker Terence Davies, from painting working-class portraits to sketching urbane artistic figures like Emily Dickinson, has long been public about his discomfort with being gay and his feelings of banality toward life in general. He’s not an especially hopeful storyteller, from the closeted anguish of a Liverpool boy in “The Long Day Closes” to the suicidal Hester Collyer’s unquenchable thirst for passion in “The Deep Blue Sea.”

His pessimistic but searching sensibilities, always hungering for a redemption or answer that can’t be found and then resigning to that lack, find their purest expression in “Benediction.” The riotously well-penned but deeply despairing film is a portrait of World War I-era English poet Siegfried Sassoon, who lived a comfortably gay shadow life on the fringes of the Bright Young Things, settled into marriage in middle age, and died a late-minted Catholic, bereft, in 1967. He outlived many of his peers,
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Video Exclusive: Jack Lowden & Jeremy Irvine On Playing A Gay Couple In ‘Benediction’

Video Exclusive: Jack Lowden & Jeremy Irvine On Playing A Gay Couple In ‘Benediction’
Jack Lowden and Jeremy Irvine star in Benediction, a movie that follows the life of famed British poet Siegfried Sassoon as he navigates affairs while being a closeted man and his anti-war stance in the middle of the First World War. Lowden and Irvine recently sat for a conversation with uInterview founder Erik Meers to discuss their […]

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Jack Lowden & Peter Capaldi star in trailer for ‘Benediction’

Jack Lowden & Peter Capaldi star in trailer for ‘Benediction’
Vertigo Releasing has debuted the new trailer for Terence DaviesBenediction’ featuring Jack Lowden and Peter Capaldi.

A complex man who survived the horrors of fighting in the First World War, Siegfried Sassoon (Jack Lowden / Peter Capaldi), a soldier decorated for his bravery on the battlefield, became a vocal critic of the government’s continuation of the war when he returned from service. Legendary still today for his poetry inspired by his experiences on the Western Front, he was adored by both members of the aristocracy as well as stars of London’s literary and theatre scene. He embarked on affairs with several high-profile men as he attempted to come to terms with his homosexuality, whilst at the same time, broken by the horrors of war, his life’s journey became a quest for salvation.

Also features a stellar British cast including Jeremy Irvine, Calam Lynch, Simon Russell Beale and Kate Phillips,
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‘Dalgliesh’ Finale Sneak Peek: Adam, Charles & Kate Piece Together a Crime Scene (Video)

‘Dalgliesh’ Finale Sneak Peek: Adam, Charles & Kate Piece Together a Crime Scene (Video)
The first season of Acorn TV‘s Dalgliesh is coming to an end this Monday, November 15 with two back-to-back episodes, and we have an exclusive first look at the finale installments. The series, adapted from P.D. James’ bestselling murder novels known as the Adam Dalgliesh Mysteries, follows the titular detective and poet Adam Dalgliesh (Bertie Carvel) as he works to solve some perplexing mysteries. (Credit: Acorn TV) By Adam’s side is Charles Masterson (Jeremy Irvine) and Kate Miskin (Carlyss Peer), who are essential to his investigation in “A Taste for Death, Part 1” and “A Taste for Death, Part 2.” In a sneak peek clip, above, the trio of crime solvers tries to piece together the crime scene they’re investigating in a church. After two bodies are found with their throats slashed, Adam, Charles, and Kate work through the scenarios under which such outcomes are possible. “I think Sir Paul knew his killer,
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Terence Davies Drama ‘Benediction’, Starring Jack Lowden, Snapped Up By Roadside Attractions For North America

Terence Davies Drama ‘Benediction’, Starring Jack Lowden, Snapped Up By Roadside Attractions For North America
Exclusive: Roadside Attractions has snapped up North American rights to Terence Davies’ well-received TIFF and London Film Festival drama Benediction.

Jack Lowden (Dunkirk) stars as WWI poet Siegfried Sassoon, alongside Peter Capaldi, Geraldine James, Kate Phillips, Gemma Jones, Calam Lynch, Anton Lesser, Jeremy Irvine, Ben Daniels, Lia Williams, Jude Akuwudike, Suzanne Bertish and Simon Russell Beale.

Following its world premiere at TIFF and its berth at San Sebastian where it won the Jury Prize, the film is debuting in the UK tonight at the London Film Festival.

Roadside, which struck the deal with UK sales firm Bankside, plans to release the film theatrically in spring 2022.

Written and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Davies, the biopic explores the turbulent life of WWI poet Sassoon. The writer and soldier was a complex man who survived the horrors of fighting in the First World War and was decorated for his bravery but who became
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‘Baghead’: Studiocanal & Picture Company Horror Thriller Adds Jeremy Irvine, Peter Mullan, Saffron Burrows & Julika Jenkins

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‘Baghead’: Studiocanal & Picture Company Horror Thriller Adds Jeremy Irvine, Peter Mullan, Saffron Burrows & Julika Jenkins
Exclusive: As production of Studiocanal and The Picture Company’s horror thriller Baghead begins, Deadline has learned that War Horse actor Jeremy Irvine, Top of the Lake Emmy nominee Peter Mullan, You actress Saffron Burrows, and Netflix Dark actress Julika Jenkins have joined the feature alongside previously announced Ruby Barker and Freya Allan.

Baghead is adapted from the festival fave short film of the same name and will be directed by Alberto Corredor who also directed the short. Christina Pamies and Bryce McGuire wrote the screenplay. Baghead follows the enigmatic Baghead, a diminutive wrinkled up person who is able to manifest the dead and bring them back to our world for brief periods of time. People seek out the medium to reconnect with lost loved ones. Once in contact with Baghead however, the title character’s true powers and intentions are revealed and there is a high price to pay
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Memo to Distributors: Buy These 2021 Fall Film Festival Standouts

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Memo to Distributors: Buy These 2021 Fall Film Festival Standouts
As the New York Film Festival wrapped late last weekend, the bulk of the fall film festival season has now come to a close after a dizzying few weeks that saw Venice, Telluride, Toronto, New York, and the more genre-leaning Fantastic Fest roll out in somewhat normal fashion. While some of this year’s festival lineups were understandably truncated and some of the buzziest titles arrived at events with distribution already in hand (as was the case with many of the biggest titles at Venice and NYFF), a number of hot titles are still looking for homes.

These films include some of IndieWire’s favorites from the past few weeks, including both new and established talents, exciting features for distributors looking for awards contenders or simply to get into biz with bright talents on the rise, and much more. Open up those pocketbooks, and take a chance on these standouts.
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Acorn TV's Dalgliesh: Your First Look at New Series Based on P.D. James Novels!

Acorn TV's Dalgliesh: Your First Look at New Series Based on P.D. James Novels!
Mystery fans, rejoice!!

There's a new Acorn TV Original right around the corner, and it's very, very good.

P.D. James wrote 14 novels based on detective and poet Adam Dalgliesh, and the new series simply goes by the title Dalgliesh.

Bertie Carvel is bringing the enigmatic yet emotionally intelligent and empathetic Dalgliesh to life in a season set in 1970s England.

Dalgliesh specializes in solving unusual murders. The cases may sound relatively benign, but they unfold unusually and strike a chord with the viewer.

We'll first meet Dalgliesh looking into the murder of a nursing student poisoned to death during a live training demonstration (it's a death that sticks with you!).

Another investigation will involve the murders of a homeless man and a recently resigned Tory MP whose throats were slit in a London church.

Dalgliesh will also be called upon to solve a series of suspicious deaths at a home for the disabled.
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‘Benediction’ Review: Terence Davies Finds Room for Himself in a Heartbreaking Siegfried Sassoon Biopic

‘Benediction’ Review: Terence Davies Finds Room for Himself in a Heartbreaking Siegfried Sassoon Biopic
In multiple interviews over the years, British filmmaker Terence Davies has baldly stated that being gay has ruined his life: “I hate it, I’ll go to my grave hating it … it has killed part of my soul,” he said in 2011, adding that his sexuality is the reason he remains single and celibate. Davies’ professed loneliness and sensitivity has bled through many of his films, wistfully entrenched as they often are in an unattainable past, most recently in a series of female-centered character studies: his swooningly melodramatic, cut-glass adaptation of Terence Rattigan’s “The Deep Blue Sea,” his amber-cast farm drama “Sunset Song” and his mannered, internalized Emily Dickinson portrait “A Quiet Passion.” Yet Davies has never directly addressed homosexuality in his oeuvre, for all its queer undercurrents; that it’s so openly and sensually a part of his intricate, intensely felt new film “Benediction” is the first of its many surprises.
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TIFF Review: Benediction Finds Terence Davies Capturing a Complex Life with Wit

TIFF Review: Benediction Finds Terence Davies Capturing a Complex Life with Wit
Time is everything in a Terence Davies film. In Benediction, his biopic about English poet Siegfried Sassoon (Jack Lowden), he eventually covers his subject’s marriage to Hester Gatty (Kate Phillips). There’s a shot of the couple standing still, facing the camera as they pose for a wedding photo (a shot that tends to pop up throughout the director’s filmography). The camera flashes, we see the black-and-white photo, and then a fade transitions us to the future, where it rests on their bedside while Hester looks at their newborn child. The sequence is an encapsulation of what Davies does best: observing life with one’s head facing backwards, the cumulative weight of the past bearing down on every moment of the present.

Benediction shows how Sassoon got to that point in his life and beyond, hopping back and forth from his younger days to his older self (played
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Terence Davies’ Siegfried Sassoon drama ‘Benediction’ sells to UK, Ireland, Anz (exclusive)

Terence Davies’ Siegfried Sassoon drama ‘Benediction’ sells to UK, Ireland, Anz (exclusive)
Jack Lowden and Peter Capaldi star in Siegfried Sassoon biopic.

Vertigo Releasing has acquired UK and Ireland rights to Terence Davies’ Siegfried Sassoon biopic Benediction from UK sales outfit Bankside Films, ahead of its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Vertigo has also secured rights for Australia and New Zealand, where Rialto Distribution will handle the feature as part of an ongoing partnership between the two companies. A wide theatrical release is being planned for early 2022.

Dunkirk and Fighting With My Family star Jack Lowden plays First World War poet and soldier Sassoon in the period drama, which
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Terence Davies’ TIFF drama ‘Benediction’ acquired for UK, Ireland, Anz (exclusive)

Terence Davies’ TIFF drama ‘Benediction’ acquired for UK, Ireland, Anz (exclusive)
Jack Lowden and Peter Capaldi star in Siegfried Sassoon biopic.

Vertigo Releasing has acquired UK and Ireland rights to Terence Davies’ Siegfried Sassoon biopic Benediction from UK sales outfit Bankside Films, ahead of its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Vertigo has also secured rights for Australia and New Zealand, where Rialto Distribution will handle the feature as part of an ongoing partnership between the two companies. A wide theatrical release is being planned for early 2022.

Dunkirk and Fighting With My Family star Jack Lowden plays First World War poet and soldier Sassoon in the period drama, which
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HBO Max's Green Lantern May Have Found Sinestro in Actor Tobias Menzies

HBO Max's Green Lantern May Have Found Sinestro in Actor Tobias Menzies
HBO Max has reportedly found their villain for the upcoming Green Lantern series, as Outlander and Game of Thrones star Tobias Menzies enters talks to portray Sinestro. While nothing is yet confirmed, reports indicate that the complex DC supervillain will play a major part in the series, with Menzies well equipped to do the iconic Lantern justice on screen.

An English stage, television and film actor, Tobias Menzies has accrued several high-profile titles on his curriculum vitae. Best known for playing Frank and Jonathan "Black Jack" Randall in Starz's Outlander, for which he received a Golden Globe Award nomination, Menzies has also starred in the likes of Game of Thrones, Black Mirror, Star Wars: Rebels, The Night Manager, and played Prince Philip in the third and fourth seasons of Netflix's The Crown, which earned him a further Golden Globe Award nomination.

On the big screen, the actor is recognized
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Zack Snyder’s Justice League Concept Art Finally Brings Green Lantern to the Movie

Zack Snyder’s Justice League Concept Art Finally Brings Green Lantern to the Movie
Zack Snyder’s Justice League made its once-unlikely arrival on HBO Max this past March, showcasing what was hyped as the director’s definitive vision of the 2017 DC Extended Universe megamovie, which he was initially unable to complete. While, for fans of Snyder, it lived up to said hype, the conversation about unrealized concepts shifted to Justice League member Green Lantern, who studio Warner Bros. insisted be cut from the reworked film. However, Snyder has been stoking interest in his unused Green Lantern concept ever since, notably with a recent reveal of concept art that sets the emerald ring-wielder’s role into context.

While the idea of the Green Lantern Corps was very much present in Zack Snyder’s Justice League, specifically its prologue, which was set around 5,000 years in the past, that usage was intended to set the stage for a present-day member to show up and join our heroes: John Stewart.
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DC Comics Criticized For Casting Jeremy Irvine In ‘Green Lantern’ As Gay Character

DC Comics Criticized For Casting Jeremy Irvine In ‘Green Lantern’ As Gay Character
It was announced this week that Jeremy Irvine would be joining the main cast of the upcoming Green Lantern series on the streaming service HBO Max. Irvine will be portraying the iconic member of the Green Lantern Corps Alan Scott, who is best known for being the first Green Lantern to appear in the original […]

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Green Lantern HBO Max Series Recruits Superman and Lois Director

Green Lantern HBO Max Series Recruits Superman and Lois Director
The upcoming Green Lantern series in the works at HBO Max has found the director of its first two episodes. Lee Toland Krieger, whose recent work includes directing the acclaimed pilot episode of Superman and Lois, has reportedly signed on to direct the initial episodes of the new superhero series. The news follows multiple casting announcements that have already been made for the show, which is a joint collaboration between Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television.

Because the series takes place over multiple time periods, many different versions of the Green Lantern Corps will be featured. Just recently, it was reported that Jeremy Irvine was in talks to play Alan Scott, the original Lantern who hides his gay identity in 1941 America. Irvine has since confirmed the news of his casting with a post on Instagram expressing his excitement.

"Very excited to be joining the DC Universe!! Can't wait to get started,
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‘Green Lantern’: Jeremy Irvine Set To Play Alan Scott In HBO Max Series – Update

‘Green Lantern’: Jeremy Irvine Set To Play Alan Scott In HBO Max Series – Update
Update 5/27: Jeremy Irvine has now been confirmed to play Alan Scott/Green Lantern in the upcoming HBO Max series. Irvine shared the news on Instagram.

“Very excited to be joining the DC Universe!,” Irvine wrote in a post today. “Can’t wait to get started.”

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Previous May 19: Jeremy Irvine (Treadstone) is in negotiations to join Finn Wittrock in HBO Max’s upcoming Green Lantern series based on the DC characters, from Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

Irvine would play Alan Scott/Green Lantern opposite Wittrock’s Guy Gardner/Green Lantern. Reps for HBO Max and Warner Bros. TV, which produces the series, declined comment.

Written by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim and Seth Grahame-Smith, Green Lantern reinvents the classic DC property through a story spanning decades and galaxies, beginning on Earth in 1941 with the very first Green Lantern,
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HBO Max’s ‘Green Lantern’ Series Finds Its Director

HBO Max’s ‘Green Lantern’ Series Finds Its Director
Lee Toland Krieger, who directed the pilot for Superman and Lois, is staying in the DC fold.

The director is set to direct and executive produce the first two episodes of Green Lantern, HBO Max’s big-budget sci-fi police show based on the space-faring DC characters.

Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television are behind the series, which is already casting up and will be set in several time periods. In recent weeks, the show has cast Jeremy Irvine to play Alan Scott, the original Lantern who hides his gay identity in 1941 America, while Finn Wittrock will play macho man Lantern Guy Gardner for ...
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