Testament of Youth
First screened in June 2015
Director: James Kent. Cast: Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, Taron Egerton, Colin Morgan, Emily Watson, Dominic West, Joanna Scanlan, Anna Chancellor, Nicholas Le Prevost, Miranda Richardson, Jonathan Bailey, Nicholas Farrell, Niamh Cusack, Hayley Atwell, Laura Elsworthy, Naomi Everson, Alexandra Roach, Henry Garrett, Laurence Dobiesz, Mary Roscoe, Josh Taylor. Screenplay: Juliette Towhidi (based on the memoir by Vera Brittain). Twitter Capsule:
Hale, moving, mature. Perhaps more ennobling than exciting, but welcome study of a woman's mettle in wartime.
Women's wartime stories are always at a premium, as are stories about female intellectuals. Still, this film's appeal has little to do with originality or risk.