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A British woman recalls coming of age during World War I - a story of young love, the futility of war, and how to make sense of the darkest times.

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Vera Brittain
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Edward Brittain
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Victor Richardson
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Mr. Brittain
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Mrs. Brittain
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Roland Leighton
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Aunt Belle
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Miss Lorimer
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Exam Candidate
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Headmaster
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Clare Leighton
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Mr. Leighton
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Mrs. Leighton
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Passenger
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Boy on Bicycle
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Sister Jones
Laura Elsworthy ...
Nurse Scott
Naomi Everson ...
Nurse Milton
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Wounded Soldier
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Geoffrey Thurlow
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Hotel Clerk
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Convalescent Nurse
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George Catlin
Janet Amsden ...
Sister Eliot
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Dorothy
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Hope
Laurence Dobiesz ...
Wounded German Soldier
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Dying German Soldier
James Esler ...
Mustard Gas Victim
Jolyon Coy ...
Orderly
Hubert Burton ...
Wounded Tommy #1
Henry Rylands ...
Wounded Tommy #2
Maya Henson ...
New Maid
Heather Nicol ...
Celebrating Nurse
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Winifred Holtby
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Town Hall Speaker
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Bereaved Mother
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Amey ...
Cyclist (uncredited)
Oliver Ashton ...
Injured Soldier (uncredited)
Lee Paul Atkinson ...
Wounded Amputee Soldier (uncredited)
Georgina Bennett ...
Student (uncredited)
Alan Bentley ...
Middle Class Worker (uncredited)
Alan Billingham ...
Uppingham Parent (uncredited)
Joe Brammer ...
Bell Boy #1 (uncredited)
Paul Cavendish ...
Doctor (uncredited)
Richard Douglas ...
Soldier (uncredited)
Kevin Doxey ...
Uppingham Boy (uncredited)
Jack Dranfield ...
Uppingham Boy (uncredited)
Sam Exley ...
Wounded German Soldier (uncredited)
Amanda Fairbank-Hynes ...
(uncredited)
Tom Farnsworth ...
Wounded Soldier (uncredited)
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Vad (uncredited)
Michael Henderson ...
Train ticket inspector (uncredited)
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Shouting Woman at Reparation Rally (uncredited)
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Betty (uncredited)
Emma Hubble ...
VAD Nurse (uncredited)
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Gangrene Soldier (uncredited)
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Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Charlotte Mellish ...
Oxford Student (uncredited)
Arnold Montey ...
Train Ticket Inspector (uncredited)
Karl Ng ...
Chinese Labourer (uncredited)
Xander Parr ...
A Soldier (uncredited)
Lucas Pinder ...
Soldier (uncredited)
Tom Raven ...
Medical Orderly (uncredited)
Paul Redfern ...
Railway Porter (uncredited)
Bianca Rudman ...
Childminder / civilian (uncredited)
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Trench Soldier (uncredited)
David Swift ...
Town Hall Clerk (uncredited)
Jonathan Taylor ...
WW1 Orderly (uncredited)
Richard Varley ...
Wounded soldier (uncredited)
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Student (uncredited)
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Mrs. Ellinger (uncredited)
Dave Wake ...
Soldier (uncredited)
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Billy (uncredited)
Jerry Willey ...
Piano Delivery Man (uncredited)

Directed by

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James Kent

Written by

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Vera Brittain ... (autobiography)
 
Juliette Towhidi ... (screenplay by)

Produced by

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Rosie Alison ... producer
Andrew Boswell ... executive producer: for LipSync Productions
Célia Duval ... co-producer
Peter Hampden ... executive producer: for LipSync Productions
Hugo Heppell ... executive producer
David Heyman ... producer
Zygi Kamasa ... executive producer
Christine Langan ... executive producer
Richard Mansell ... executive producer
Norman Merry ... executive producer: for LipSync Productions
Joe Oppenheimer ... executive producer
Peter Raven ... executive producer: for LipSync Productions
Mikael Chr. Rieks ... associate producer: for Nordisk Films (as Mikael Rieks)
Henrik Zein ... executive producer: for Nordisk Films

Music by

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Max Richter

Cinematography by

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Rob Hardy ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Lucia Zucchetti

Editorial Department

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Keshia Agyei ... assistant producer
Linden Brownbill ... post-production engineer
Sam Chynoweth ... assistant colourist
James Clarke ... head of digital intermediate
Paul Dray ... post producer
Adam Inglis ... colourist
Michela Iovane ... editorial trainee
Lisa Jordan ... facility director: Lipsync Pos
Rebecca Lloyd ... first assistant editor
Nadiya Luthra ... post-production coordinator
Connan McStay ... digital intermediate editor: senior
Garth Merry ... vt operator
Ben North ... vt operator
Louise Purvis ... vt operator
Thy Quach ... uncredited
Lara Sargent ... post production accountant
Jamie Welsh ... assistant colourist
Rick White ... head of vt
Abigail McKenzie ... digital intermediate coordinator (uncredited)

Casting By

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Lucy Bevan

Production Design by

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Jon Henson

Art Direction by

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Philip A. Brown
Sophie McConville ... stand-by art director
Daryn McLaughlan
Christopher Wyatt ... supervising art director

Set Decoration by

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Robert Wischhusen-Hayes

Costume Design by

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Consolata Boyle

Makeup Department

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Kay Bilk ... makeup and hair artist
Sally Collins ... additional makeup & hair artist
Abby Graves ... Crowd hair & makeup
Faye Aydin Le Jeune ... crowd hair & make up artist: dailies
Fiona Lobo-Cranston ... make-up and hair
Jane Logan ... crowd makeup & hair supervisor
Natalie Morton ... makeup & hair trainee
Peter Owen ... wigs
Nora Robertson ... makeup and hair artist
Emma Romans ... makeup artist: Dailies
Stephen Rose ... additional makeup & hair artist
Vicky Voller ... prosthetics makeup: and hair artist
Christine Walmesley-Cotham ... makeup and hair design
Joanne Walton ... prosthetics trainee
Tracey Wells ... additional makeup & hair artist

Production Management

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Sanchari Chowdhury-Kesler ... production manager (as Sanchari Chowdhury)
Danika Kohler Doman ... unit production manager
Miranda Jones ... post-production supervisor
Fiona Morham ... head of production: BFI
Tim Wellspring ... additional unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Glen Carroll ... additional third assistant director
Annie Hitchcock ... third assistant director
Tamara King ... second assistant director
Nikki Molloy ... crowd second assistant director
Katherine Palmer-Collins ... first assistant director: second unit (as Kate Collins)
Sarah Jean Selway ... additional second assistant director (as Sarah Selway)
Siggy Stone ... additional third assistant director: dailies
Nige Watson ... first assistant director

Art Department

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Gareth Bailey ... props
Steve Barnes ... prop storeman (as Steven Barnes)
Charlie Bellchambers ... stage hand
Derek Bellchambers ... hod carpenter: London workshop
Gary Bird ... carpenter (as Garry Bird)
Michael Blake ... dressing prop
Jessica Blamires ... painter
Derek Cowie ... hod painter
Lee Deane ... carpenter
Steve Deane ... hod carpenter
Gemma Louise Etherington ... props daily (as Gemma Louise Field)
Michelle Field ... standby props
Stuart Frift ... standby props
David Gillian ... painter
Matt Grace ... painter
John Greaves ... storyboard artist
Guto Humphreys ... dressing prophand
Dan Johnson ... set dresser
Mair Jones ... standby/dressing props
Dina Karklina ... assistant painter
Simon Lee ... props (dailies)
Nick Linden ... hod carpenter
Matt Lloyd ... carpenter
Dean McLeod ... art department assistant
Christopher James Miller ... props
Dorian Millman ... chargehand
Graham Mitchell ... carpenter
Shaun Mitcheson ... graphics designer
John Moolenschot ... construction manager
Garry Moore ... standby carpenter
Bob Noble ... carpenter
Seb Palmer ... carpenter (as Sebastian Palmer)
David Pearce ... scenic painter
Steve Register ... props master
Giles Rowntree ... carpenter
Ellie Shanks ... set decorating buyer (as Eleanor Shanks)
Michael Spence ... dressing prophand (as Mike Spence)
Elin Stone ... assistant buyer
Kevin Swabey ... carpenter
James Waddingham ... hod carpenter: locations
Aoife Warren ... assistant art director

Sound Department

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Jennifer Annor ... sound assistant
Sandy Buchanan ... adr mixer
Romain Drouillon ... french dubbing mixer
Jennie Evans ... a.d.r. editor
Robert Farr ... re-recording mixer
Peter Gates ... dialogue editor
Brian Gilligan ... re-recording assistant
Stephen Griffiths ... supervising sound editor
Steve Jablonski ... sound trainee (as Stephen Jablonski)
Darren T. Jennings ... voice over recording engineer
Blair Jollands ... sound designer / sound effects editor
Tushar Manek ... adr assistant
Keith Partridge ... foley artist
John Pearson ... production sound mixer
Ric Perrin ... sound maintenance
Andy Shelley ... supervising sound editor
Barnaby Smyth ... foley mixer / foley supervisor
Ben Tat ... adr assistant
Lee Thompson ... sound assistant: dailies

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Graham Aikman ... special effects senior technician
Alistair Anderson ... Senior special effects technician
Emma Champion ... special effects coordinator
Louis Champion ... special effects trainee
Neal Champion ... special effects supervisor
Leon Harris ... special effects technician
Scott Peters ... senior special effects technician

Visual Effects by

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Miguel Algora ... visual effects artist
Luke Armstrong ... digital compositor: Framestore
Matthew Ball ... prep artist
Giacomo Bargellesi ... compositor
Tom Baskaya ... lead compositor
Daniel Batt ... paint & roto artist: Framestore
Gary J. Brown ... visual effects supervisor: Munky
Lukasz Bukowiecki ... visual effects editor: Framestore
Paul Chapman ... compositor
Venancio David ... flame artist
Amy Davis ... compositor
Kye Dorricott ... paint & roto artist
Mark Epstein ... flame artist: lead
Ian Fellows ... compositor
Theodor Groeneboom ... compositor
Oliver Hagar ... paint & roto artist (as Olly Hagar)
Julia Hall ... senior designer: titles
Jason Horley ... concept artist: Framestore
Robert Junggeburt ... matte painting artist: Framestore
Laura Macfadyen ... matte painting artist: Framestore
Gillian Mackie ... visual effects line producer: Munky
Damien Macé ... matte painting artist: lead
Sarah Morowa ... d-lab operator
Irene Navarro ... matte painting artist: Framestore
Daniel Moreno Oliva ... compositor
Guo Kun Pan ... render support: framestore
Zissis Papatzikis ... visual effects artist
Adam Parker ... compositor
Ryan Passmore ... visual effects artist
Diego Pastor Bartoli ... camera tracking: artist (as Diego Pastor)
Freya Pearson ... d-lab operator
Thandiwe Philips ... visual effects coordinator
Matt Roberts ... d-lab operator
Scott Robertson ... paint & roto artist
Sam Salek ... compositor: Framestore
Anthony Smith ... visual effects supervisor
Maxwell Smith ... camera tracking: artist (as Max Smith)
Mark Taylor ... matte painting artist
Elena Topouzoglou ... compositor
Dennis Tsoi ... digital compositor
Jonathan Turner ... digital compositor: Framestore
Thomas Waddington ... d-lab operator
Howard Watkins ... title design: head of
Melody Woodford ... visual effects producer
Reuben Yarwood ... d-lab operator (as Rueben Yarwood)
Sergej Yurskyj ... compositor
Josh Kelly ... digital lab operator (uncredited)
Taz Lodder ... systems administrator (uncredited)

Stunts

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Gary Connery ... stunts
Lucy Cork ... stunt double: Alicia Vikander
Gordon Seed ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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Louise Ben-Nathan ... second assistant camera (additional photography)
Chris Brennan ... underwater: surface spark
Mark Brennan ... underwater: surface spark
Paul Brewster ... best boy
Alexander Bridges ... video assistant (as Alex Bridges)
Bob Bridges ... video: and dit equipment
Laurence Cendrowicz ... stills photographer
Thomas Cheetham ... standby rigger (as Tom Cheetham)
John Chimney ... underwater: surface rigger
Andy Clarke ... second unit electrician
Glenn Coulman ... b camera second assistant
Barny Crocker ... underwater first assistant camera
Mark Doman ... Camera B Roll
Oliver Driscoll ... b camera first assistant
Keir Garnet-Lawson ... digital imaging technician: additional photography
Jack Glascodine ... grip assistant
Victoria Hanna ... second assistant camera
Rob Hardy ... camera operator
Paul Helm ... electrician
Steve Hideg ... head technician
Mat Holloway ... electrician
Stuart Johnson ... electrician
Giles Keyte ... stills photographer
Patrick King ... digital imaging technician
Mark Langlay-Smith ... vt operator
Ann Evelin Lawford ... camera trainee
Dan Lowe ... rigging gaffer
Vince McGahon ... steadicam operator
Lee Mills ... balloon technician
Nick Mitchell ... electrician
Jennie Paddon ... first assistant camera
Sam Phillips ... key grip
Jeremy Pollard ... second unit: director of photgraphy
Craig Porter ... first assistant a camera: London
Bernie Prentice ... underwater gaffer
Danny Preston ... underwater second assistant camera
Núria Pérez ... digital image technician: second unit
Stewart Renwick ... second unit electrician
Iwan Prys Reynolds ... first assistant a camera: Yorkshire
Adam Shell ... digital imaging technician: additional photography - dailies
Michael Sherno ... electrician
Mark Silk ... underwater camera operator
Laurie Sparham ... stills photographer
Tom Stansfield ... crane grip: dailies
Ricky Stelling ... Electrical Rigger
Tom Storey ... additional camera trainee
Neil Tomlin ... crane technician
Dan Travers ... underwater: supervisor
Kieran Waites ... electrician
Jack Wakefield ... second unit electrician
Dave Wells ... additional grip
Julian White ... gaffer
Pip White ... camera trainee: main unit

Casting Department

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Vanessa Baker ... adr voice casting
Emily Brockmann ... casting assistant
Ruth Key ... casting associate
Sally King ... child crowd casting
Deliana Gergana Quievy ... casting coordinator
Charlie Rotheram ... extras casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Malin Anderson ... key costume maker
Karen Avenell ... additional costume assistant
Jo Barnsdale ... additional costume assistant
Sean Barrett ... milliner
Naomi Bonner ... trainee costume maker
Sophie Bugeaud ... crowd costume supervisor: fitter (as Sophie Bugeaud-Labrune)
Sue Casey ... wardrobe mistress
Richard Cooke ... military costume supervisor
Alexina Duncan ... costume trainee
Helen Felstead ... additional costume assistant
Vana Giannoula ... costume maker
Yannick Gondran ... costume standby
Poli Kyriacou ... assistant costume designer
Jane Law ... costumes for alicia vikanda / key costume maker
Alison Lewis ... crowd costume daily
Penny McDonald ... costume assistant daily
Jenna McGranaghan ... costume supervisor
Heidi McQueen-Prentice ... costume assistant
Lizzie Moul ... costume standby (as Elizabeth Moul)
Clare Ramsell ... Key costume maker
Emma Stokes ... costume maker
Bronwen Thompson ... additional costume assistant
Kim Withcel ... key costume maker

Location Management

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Dan Connolly ... location scout
Jonah Coombes ... locations manager: London
Richard Knight ... locations manager: Yorkshire
Amanda Muthada Pottatta ... locations assistant
Andrew Ryland ... locations manager: London, Oxford
Leon Seth ... location assistant / location scout
Sam Simon ... location scout
Jamie Sumner ... unit location manager
Aaron Sutter ... unit location manager
Charlie Thompson ... supervising locations manager

Music Department

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Tom Bailey ... pro tools
Samuel Karl Bohn ... composer: trailer music
Rachel Bolt ... viola
Ian Burdge ... first cello / solo cello
Laurence Chris ... bass (as Chris Laurence)
Michael Connell ... music editor
Rupert Coulson ... score recorded and mixed by
Dave Foster ... music preparation: for Swing City Music / orchestration
Claire Freeman ... music supervisor
Henning Fuchs ... composer assistant
Susanne Geisler ... score coordinator
Richard George ... leader: of second violins
Susie Gilles ... assistant orchestra contractor
Isobel Griffiths ... orchestra contractor
Karen Jones ... flute
Carlo Kretzschmar ... composer assistant
Andy Massey ... piano
Everton Nelson ... orchestra leader: and solo violin
Edward Vanderspar ... first viola
Hugh Webb ... harp
Robert Ziegler ... conductor

Transportation Department

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Graham Ashley ... unit driver
Danny Bowsey ... carriage driver
Peter Connolly ... stand-by driver: chippie
Andrew Devlin ... facilities manager
Kevin Doran ... grip truck driver
Javed Elahi ... unit driver
George Frazer ... camera truck driver: additional photography
Michael Geary ... action vehicle supplier: Motorhouse
Barry Griffiths ... minibus driver
David Littleton ... unit driver
James Moore ... facilities captain
Ronald Robson ... minibus driver
Steve Slater ... camera truck driver
Nicola Taylor ... unit driver
Paul Taylor ... unit driver
Robert Wilmot ... carriage driver
James Wilson ... transport captain

Other crew

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Hashim Alsaraf ... delivery manager
Erin Anderson ... production runner
Charles Auty ... executive: for Ingenious Media
Isla Badenoch ... assistant: to James Kent / stand-in
Debbie Banbury-Morley ... clearances (as Deb Banbury)
Jacqui Barr ... marketing executive
Sarah Bing ... legal services
Mark Bostridge ... consultant: and Vera Brittain's biographer
Clare Brewer ... rushes runner
Liz Briggs ... script supervisor (second unit)
Victoria Brooks ... managing director
Zoe Brown ... head of legal and business affairs: BBC
Virginia Burgess ... business affairs manager: BFI
Ted Cawrey ... executive: for Ingenious Media
Emma Chapman ... production secretary
James Cleave ... additional floor runner: daily
Alice Collins ... accountant assistant
Colin Coombs ... on set security
Emma Dent ... horse master
Richard Dobbs ... publicity assistant
Sara Doughty ... script supervisor
Penny Dyer ... dialect coach
Olivia Fitzroy ... base runner
Carla Gale ... second assistant accountant
Helen Giles ... legal and business affairs manager: BBC
Mike Goodridge ... chief executive officer: Protagonist Pictures
Timothy Gough ... double: Victor
Andrew Gow ... development executive
Beni Hardiman ... additional assistant production coordinator
Hendrik Harms ... double: Roland
Kira Harper ... double: Vera
Raven Hart ... double: Edward
Lena Haugaard ... legal affairs
Jake Holdsworth ... production runner
Ben Irving ... development executive
Sara Janasz ... completion guarantor: Film Finances
Steve Joberns ... auditor
Sally Joynson ... chief executive: screen yorkshire
Ian Kirk ... head of production finance: BFI
Alexander Lea ... legal services
Charlotte Lee ... additional runner
Clem Leneghan ... health & safety advisor
Rebecca Lloyd ... featurette editor
Una Maguire ... publicity director
Matt McNally ... epk producer
Sandra McNicoll ... railway liaison officer
Rachel McWatt ... marketing & communications manager
Christos Michaels ... legal services: Screen Yorkshire & Lipsync Productions
Maggie Murray ... first assistant accountant
Kevin O'Shea ... insurance
Simon Osborn ... head of legal & business affairs: Protagonist Pictures
Beth Pattinson ... development executive
Bridget Pedgrift ... head of marketing: Protagonist Pictures
Rhys Perkins ... additional runner
Ben Roberts ... director: Lottery Film Fund
Vanessa Saal ... head of sales: Protagonist Pictures
Ruth Sanders ... legal: and production assistant
Alice Seabright ... assistant: to Rosie Alison / development assistant: heyday films
David Segal Hamilton ... development executive
Christopher Seidelin ... acquisitions manager
Rob Silva ... assistant: David Heyman
Siggy Stone ... floor runner
Antony Swiatek ... legal services: LipSync: Lee &Thompson
Helen Turpin ... Assistant production coordinator
Dianne Twiddy ... financial controller
John Walbeoffe ... dit equipment support engineer
Matthew Ward ... Military & medical advisor
David Ware ... assistant coordinator: Additional photography (as Dave Ware)
Liz West ... contract manager
Natascha Wharton ... senior production and development executive: BFI
James White ... accounts assistant
Kirstie White ... accounts assistant
Luke Kimble Williams ... additional runner
Simon Williams ... executive: for Ingenious Media
Lesley Wise ... executive: for Ingenious Media
Michael Wood ... senior business manager: BBC
Kriss TheDish Brown ... Satellite Internet, 4G Wifi Engineer & IT Support (uncredited)
Clarice Burton ... double: Alicia Vikander (uncredited)

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Edward Brittain ... in memory of: 1895-1918
Chris Hansell ... with thanks to
Billy Hinshelwood ... with thanks to
Roland Leighton ... in memory of: 1895-1915
Victor Richardson ... in memory of: 1895-1917
Geoffrey Thurlow ... in memory of: 1895-1917

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Plot Summary

A long, long time ago, back in the spring of 1914, they were so happy together. There was Vera Brittain, an upper class girl with ideas of her own; and her bright brother Edward; and his group of friends among whom Roland Leighton, wonderful, handsome, sensitive Roland Vera had fallen for... Always having great times together talking, laughing, exchanging ideas, walking, eating, swimming together; all of them envisioning the glittering future they deserved: Vera, despite her father's opposition, would study at Oxford, marry Roland and be a famous writer; Roland, as for him, would be acclaimed as a great poet while Edward and his friends would each become a prominent figure in his respective field... But then came that fateful day on 4 August 1914 when Britain declared war on Germany. All those beautiful dreams were to be shattered one after the other. All except one: Vera wound up becoming a writer... A writer but a pacifist as well. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Taglines Divided by war. United by love. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Mémoires de jeunesse (France)
  • Testamento de juventud (Spain)
  • Sõjale kaotatud noorus (Estonia)
  • Gençlik Ahti (Turkey, Turkish title)
  • Generazione perduta (Italy)
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Runtime
  • 129 min
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Trivia Saoirse Ronan was originally cast as Vera Brittain but she dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. Alicia Vikander replaced her. See more »
Goofs As Roland and Vera meet in late 1914 before he leaves for France, Aunt Belle notices that Roland is sick and she talks about how influenza is ripping through the troops and it's in all the newspapers "Spanish Influenza they call it." The earliest known case of what would only later be called the Spanish flu was in March of 1918--and reports of the plague were zealously suppressed in the press of the belligerent nations for fear that it damaged morale. The only reason the disease, which actually was first documented in Kansas, was named "Spanish Flu", was because Spain was neutral in the war and the Spanish papers were free to report cases, giving the wrong impression elsewhere that Spain was hit first and harder by the disease. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Episode #44.1 (2015). See more »
Soundtracks Silver Threads Among the Gold See more »
Crazy Credits During the opening credits, World War I guns can be heard in the background. See more »
Quotes Roland Leighton: Down the long white road we walked together. Down between the grey hills and the heather. You seemed all brown and soft, just like linnet. Your errant hair had shadowed sunbeams in it. And there shone all April in your eyes.
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