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Legendary 20th Century war poet Siegfried Sassoon's life-long quest for personal salvation through his experiences with family, war, his writing, and destructive relationships goes unresolved, never realizing it can only come from within.

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Stephen Tennant (Older)
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Young Hester Gatty
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Siegfried Sassoon (Older)
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Edith Sitwell
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Siegfried Sassoon
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Chief Medical Officer
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Dr. Rivers
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Ivor Novello
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Glen Byam Shaw
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Robbie Ross
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Bobby Andrews
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Hester Gatty
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Theresa Thornycroft
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Singing Girl
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Stephen Tennant
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George Sassoon
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Dorothy Brett
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Lady Ottoline
Jude Akuwudike ...
Priest
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Alexander Fenton
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Lady Sybil Colefax
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Hamo Sassoon
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Wilfred Owen
Steven Pacey ...
Second Army Doctor
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Geoffrey Keynes
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Rex Whistler
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Major McCartney-Filgate
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Nurse
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Nurse
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Edith Oliver
Edward Bennett ...
T.E. Lawrence
Jonathan Broadbent ...
Robert Graves
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First Army Doctor
Joyce Henderson ...
Matron
Jay Phelps ...
Trumpet player
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Waiter
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Taxi Driver
Andrew Bradley ...
Stage Doorman
Giovanna Ria ...
Nurse
Orlando Jopling ...
Conductor
Chris Dale ...
Anglican Priest
Ian Beach ...
Amputee Soldier
Chrissy Roberts ...
Singer
Torquil Munro ...
Pianist
Christopher Naylor ...
Tailor
Harry Brown ...
Trombonist
Justin Quin ...
Banjoist
Kerry Frater ...
Cocktail party guest and Theatre attendee (uncredited)
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Pretty Young Thing Dancer (uncredited)
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Young Soldier (uncredited)
Ben Ryan-Steele ...
English and German Soldier (uncredited)

Directed by

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Terence Davies

Written by

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Terence Davies ... ()

Produced by

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Paul Ashton ... executive producer
Deborah Aston ... co-producer
Margarethe Baillou ... executive producer
Michael Elliott ... producer
Lizzie Francke ... executive producer
Rose Garnett ... executive producer
Sam Gordon ... Development Executive
Peter Hampden ... executive producer
Stephen Kelliher ... executive producer
Jack Lowden ... executive producer
Norman Merry ... executive producer
Jim Mooney ... executive producer
Walli Ullah ... executive producer

Cinematography by

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Nicola Daley ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Alex Mackie

Editorial Department

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William Chetwynd ... Online Editor
Lisa Jordan ... facilities director
Nicola Matiwone ... first assistant editor
Ben North ... Online Editor
Stacey Sandford ... digital intermediate assistant
Matt Stevenson ... digital intermediate assistant
Jamie Welsh ... colorist

Casting By

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Lucy Rands

Production Design by

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Andy Harris

Art Direction by

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Adam Tomlinson ... supervising art director

Set Decoration by

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Alison Harvey

Costume Design by

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Annie Symons

Makeup Department

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Nargis Hussain ... makeup trainee
Kara McAleer ... Hair and Makeup Assistant
Veronica McAleer ... makeup designer
Marcia Blackwood ... make up artist daily (uncredited)

Production Management

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Jackie Vance ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Mark Corden ... second assistant director
David Crabtree ... first assistant director
Georgia Hampson ... third assistant director
Matthew Rohman ... Floor Runner

Art Department

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James Allan ... stand-by props
Alan Crozier ... Dressing Props
Jenny Hawes ... production buyer
Steve Hunt ... set dresser
Mark McIntyre ... property master
Jenni Payne ... graphic designer
Darcy Pinder ... art department assistant
Abbie Skinner-Biring ... Petty Cash Buyer
Katrina Stewart ... Standby Art Director
Anna Turrell ... assistant art director
Matthew Wood ... props
Jamie Worrall ... set dresser

Sound Department

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Nicholas A. Ager ... second assistant sound
Laura Clough ... first assistant sound
Adam Fletcher ... production sound mixer
Brian Gilligan ... re-recording mixer
Stephen Griffiths ... supervising sound editor
Paul Hanks ... foley artist
Rob Hughes ... re-recording mixer
Andy Shelley ... Supervising Sound Editor
Simon Trundle ... foley mixer and editor

Special Effects by

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Martin Jones ... special effects
Scott MacIntyre ... special effects supervisor

Visual Effects by

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Joni Andreou ... visual effects coordinator
Paolo D'Arco ... 2D supervisor
John Paul Docherty ... visual effects supervisor
Alasdair MacCuish ... Visual Effects Operations Manager
Bonita Nichols ... visual effects producer

Camera and Electrical Department

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Matthew Bailey ... carpenter
Ella Brewin ... camera trainee
Jessie Brough ... A camera / first assistant "A" camera
Mark Bull ... second assistant b camera
Thomas Cheetham ... h.o.d. rigger (creditOnly)
Lisa Cottington ... first assistant camera: b camera
Daniel Edwards ... steadicam operator: daily
Zoe Goodwin-Stuart ... camera operator: b camera
James Hogarth ... digital imaging technician
Chris Hughes ... grip
Lee Daniel Jones ... electrician
Sam Kirby ... grip: b camera
Mitchell Payne ... second assistant camera
Luke Trevena ... lighting technician
Peter Trevena ... gaffer

Casting Department

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Ruth O'Dowd ... casting associate

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Yvonne Duckett ... crowd supervisor
Josephine Gilbert ... truck support
Jovana Gospavic ... assistant costume designer
Julia Hare ... costume coordinator
Charlotte Van der Haer Richardson ... Junior Costume Design Assistant
Debbie Williams ... costume supervisor
Deborah Williams ... costume supervisor
Evie Williams ... set costumer
Alys Young ... trainee

Location Management

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Midge Ferguson ... location manager
Atlanta Russell ... Location Marshall
Matthew Shipley ... location assistant
Ian Vasey ... location manager

Music Department

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Ed Bailie ... music supervisor
Abi Leland ... music supervisor
Marcus Locock ... Assistant Engineer
Adam Miller ... score engineer & mixer
Letizia Pacchioni ... associate music supervisor
Benjamin Woodgates ... musical director & arranger

Script and Continuity Department

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Susanna Lenton ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

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Mke Chauffeurs ... transportation captain

Additional Crew

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Adrian Ball ... Medic
Talechah Boulton ... medic on location
Sindy Campbell ... Film Liaison
Jon Clifford ... Technical Director: Bankside Films
Iris Cohen ... Production Manager: BFI
James Martin Cutler ... choreographer
Emily Diprose ... production accountant
Josh Evans ... Medic
Andrew Lloyd Jones ... Medic
Jenny Lam ... production staff
Emily Littlechild ... Production Accounts Assistant
Jen McKeown ... production coordinator
Helen Osborne ... Assistant Production Coordinator
Shayne Savill ... Lead Accountant
Laia Senserrich ... Head of Development
Jacki St. Thomas ... Festival Publicist
Nicola Walter ... production staff

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

BENEDICTION 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.

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Taglines Love is never still See more »
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Also Known As
  • 베네딕션 (South Korea)
  • Ευλογία (Greece)
  • Благословение (Russia)
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Runtime
  • 137 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia As of 19th October they have begun filming in the small town of Willenhall near Wolverhampton. Filming will wrap up on Friday 23rd October 2020 See more »
Goofs Sassoon did not discard his M.C. medal as shown in this film. He tossed away the medal's corresponding ribbon. The medal itself was inherited by Sassoon's son George. See more »

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