Fermanagh Film Club presents Benediction (2021), Terence Davies's acclaimed biopic of the poet Siegfried Sassoon.
Surviving the horrors of the First World War and decorated for his bravery Siegfried Sassoon (played by Jack Lowden and Peter Capaldi during different stages of his life) became a vocal critic of the British governments continuation of the war. One of the most celebrated poets of the time, his poetry was drawn from his horrific experiences on the Western Front.
Adored by members of the aristocracy as well as stars of London’s literary and stage world, he embarked on affairs with several men. Haunted by his experience of the War he hoped to find salvation, within the conformity of marriage and religion. His story is one of a troubled man in a fractured world, searching for peace and self-acceptance.