Testament of Youth

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    Testament of Youth Synopsis

    TESTAMENT OF YOUTH is a searing story of love, war and remembrance, based on the First World War memoir by Vera Brittain which became the classic testimony of that war from a woman’s point of view. A powerful and passionate journey from youthful hopes and dreams to the edge of despair and back again, it’s a film about young love, the futility of war and how to make sense of the darkest times. 

    Vera Brittain, irrepressible, intelligent and free-minded, overcomes the prejudices of her family and hometown to win a scholarship to Oxford. With everything to live for, she falls in love with her brother’s close friend Roland Leighton as they go to University to pursue their literary dreams. But the First World War is looming and as the boys leave for the front Vera realises she cannot sit idly by as her peers fight for their country, so volunteers as a nurse. She works tirelessly, experiencing all the griefs of war, as one by one those closest to her are killed and the pillars of her world shattered. But, an indefatigable spirit, Vera endures and returns to Oxford, irrevocably changed, yet determined to find a new purpose, which spurs her towards a powerful act of remembrance.

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    Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, Taron Egerton, Emily Watson, Hayley Atwell, Colin Morgan, Joanna Scanlon, Alexandra Roach, Dominic West, Miranda Richardson


    James Kent


    David Heyman, Rosie Alison


    Juliette Towhidi

    Executive Producers:

    Christine Langan, Joe Oppenheimer, Hugo Heppell, Zygi Kamasa, Richard Mansell



    Credits summary:

    BBC Films, Heyday Films, Screen Yorkshire and BFI present in association with Hotwells Productions, Nordisk Film Production and LipSync A Heyday Films Production



    Running time:

    129 mins

    Release Dates


    16 January 2015

    Out on DVD

    25 May 2015

    Broadcast on

    18 February 2017

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