Benjamin Britten, Peace & Conflict
2013 / UK / 105 min. / Colour
Director: Tony Britten
John Hurt, Alex Lawther, Mykola Allen
This drama-documentary for cinema explores the pacifism that was such a powerful influence on composer Benjamin Britten’s life and work. The story begins in 1929 at Gresham’s School in Norfolk, England. Our young actors take us into a world where social and political issues are actively addressed and young Ben Britten’s hatred of all things militaristic is formed. As we explore the music derived from that hatred, illustrated by new performances and unique observations from experts and friends, we frequently return to dramatic interludes at Gresham’s, which cement the narrative – spoken by John Hurt. The transcendent music of the War Requiem accompanies the climax of the film and we return to Gresham’s School 2012.
The film will be introduced by its director, Tony Britten, and be followed by a Q&A session.