excerpt from Wizard Radio: 25th October 2014 | 58th BFI London Film Festival 2014
Directed by James Kent, the film connects with the audience on an emotional level all the time. On one hand it is a story about war, love, loss and remembrance but on another it is about coming-of-age. All of these themes thrown together create a very powerful and memorable film, not least helped by some of the cinematography and locations shown to the viewer. Juliette Towhidi, who wrote the screenplay, thankfully kept a great deal of the historical locations including Derbyshire and also the French field hospital camp of Etaples where Vera served in 1917.
Seeing as it is a period piece, the attention to detail is fantastic. The costumes were a highlight and also helped to portray Vera Brittain’s ever-changing role and status throughout the war. The acting also matches these subtleties – especially in Colin Morgan’s performance as Victor Richardson and Emily Watson as Mrs Brittain. Although saying that, there is not one weak link in the cast – a rare thing to find in films nowadays.