Spanning 1900-1925 this is a loving adaptation of anti-war campaigner Vera Brittain’s memoir. Raised in a middle-class family in the English countryside, she successfully defies her parents and society norms by winning a scholarship to Oxford University. Her brother Edward introduces her to Roland, who shares her passion for literature and the two inevitably fall in love. However their lives are cruelly disrupted by the onset of WW1, both boys being sent to the front and Vera abandoning her studies to become a nurse. Confronted with the realities of war, we watch Vera adjust to the dramatic shifts in her life and, despite the clichés, provide a much-needed female experience of WW1 on film.
Christine Langan, Head of BBC Films, will take part in a post screening Q&A. Young people will have the opportunity to ask questions about her film and wider work.
Christine Langan has been Head of BBC Films since April 2009 and is in charge of commissioning, development and production of the division’s entire slate of projects. Since her appointment, Langan has driven through an impressive range of projects, including many of the films that are appearing at the Into Film Festival, such as Far from the Madding Crowd, The Falling and Jane Eyre. Earlier in 2015, in what marks their 25th Anniversary year, BBC Films was awarded the BAFTA for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema..