The movie is based on the real life story of a British woman’s (Vera Brittain) autobiography (first published in 1933), who loses her fiancée (Roland Leighton) and brother (Edward) during World War prompting her to put her plans of joining Oxford University on the back burner and instead nurse (being associated with Voluntary Aid Detachment) the wounded soldiers at London, Malta and Etaples (France) as a means to deal with her grief.
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After the war, Brittain returns to Somerville College, Oxford disenchanted and completes her BA degree leading her to pursue a career in journalism, writing for the British weekly political and literary review magazine, Time and Tide, and delivered lectures at the League of Nations. In 1923, Brittain set out on a tour of the defeated regions of Germany and Austria with her lifelong friend Winifred Holtby whom she met at Somerville College, Oxford. The book concludes with Brittain’s meeting with her husband George Catlin whom she marries eventually in 1925.
Even though the story flow has been discussed in brief here, yet nothing could be compared to witness the emotional journey of the characters of a story on the big screen. Looking forward to watch it!
Director: James Kent
Producer: David Heyman (Harry Potter and Gravity fame)
Writers: Vera Brittain (autobiography), Juliette Towhidi
Stars: Kit Harington, Hayley Atwell, Dominic West