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Testament of Youth


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Testament of Youth 2014 12

129 mins United Kingdom Director. James Kent

Alicia Vikander brings to life the extraordinary life of Vera Brittain in this exquisitely realised adaptation of her beloved and moving WWI memoir. Intelligent and free-spirited Vera overcomes the narrow-mindedness of her conservative parents, winning a scholarship to Oxford. Entranced by her brother’s dashing friend Roland (Kit Harington), who shares her literary aspirations, she plunges into an intoxicating romance.

Blooming, in love and on the cusp of fulfilling her ambitions, Vera’s dreams are brutally shattered by the onset of war. When Roland and her brother ship out to the front, she abandons the cloistered environs of university life and volunteers as a nurse. Immediately confronted with the pitiless reality of the war’s victims, her life is irrevocably changed as she loses, one-by-one, the young men she held so dear.

Director James Kent makes an assured transition from television drama to feature film, effortlessly rendering the dramatic shift from the first flush of lyricism in the idyllic English countryside, to the stark verisimilitude of the battleground.

Mingling innocent charm with dogged persistence, Alicia Vikander (A Royal Affair, The Danish Girl) is marvellous as the sharply perceptive Vera. Shining brightly, and lingering long in the mind afterwards, are the performances of three rising British stars – Kit Harington, Taron Egerton and Colin Morgan – who do collective justice to the memory of the ordinary heroes they portray.

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James Kent


Colin Morgan

Hayley Atwell

Emily Watson

Taron Egerton

Kit Harington

Alicia Vikander




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Actors Kit Harrington and Dominic West attend the gala screening of their First World War drama based upon the memoirs of Vera Brittain.

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The young stars of this ambitious adaptation of Vera Brittain’s elegiac novel discuss the film, alongside its director and producer.

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Edith Bowman and BFI Chief Executive Amanda Nevill introduce a special screening of James Kent’s adaptation of Vera Brittain’s First World War memoir.

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Actor Alicia Vikander, director James Kent and producer Rosie Alison discuss their adaptation of Vera Brittain’s book with Baroness Shirley Williams.

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