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Written and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Terence Davies, Benediction explores the turbulent life of WWI poet Siegfried Sassoon (Jack Lowden). 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 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.

The screening on Thu 23 Jun at 2pm will have descriptive subtitles.

  • BBFC Ratings Info (May Contain Spoilers)

    disturbing images

    There is archival black and white footage from World War I, which depicts the dead bodies of soldiers and horses on the battlefield.

    injury detail

    There are still archival images which feature soldiers with facial injuries, including a healing bullet wound. There are also scenes depicting injured soldiers in a hospital, including bloodied bandages.


    A couple are interrupted as they lie in bed together. There are also verbal references to sex, including undetailed references to group sex.

    There is mild bad language (‘bastard’), accompanied by other milder terms (‘God’, ‘hell’, ‘Jesus’ and ‘Christ’).