Terence Davies tourne Benediction, avec Jack Lowden
par David Katz
- La société de production britannique EMU Films prépare ce biopic de Davies sur Siegfried Sassoon, un des plus grands poètes d’outre-Manche pendant la Première Guerre mondiale
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Jack Lowden (Dunkirk [+lire aussi :
fiche film], Mary Queen of Scots [+lire aussi :
fiche film]) will play World War I poet Siegfried Sassoon in Terence Davies’ upcoming biographical film Benediction. Often considered one of Britain’s best living directors, this movie marks Davies’ return to filmmaking following a productive spell where he premiered Sunset Song [+lire aussi :
interview : Terence Davies
fiche film] at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival and A Quiet Passion [+lire aussi :
fiche film] at the 2016 Berlinale soon after.
His second biopic of a leading poet, after A Quiet Passion’s portrayal of Emily Dickinson, Benediction will detail Sassoon’s rise to acclaim for his unsparing, often satirical descriptions of trench warfare. After serving with the Royal Welch Fusiliers, where he was known as “Mad Jack” on account of his suicidal feats of bravery, he spoke out against the war and narrowly escaped being court-martialled.
Lowden was “captivated” by the script and said, “Sassoon had this huge life, and Terence has got it all down.” The film will also recount his closeted post-war life, when being gay was still a criminal offence in Britain. He had an affair with composer and actor Ivor Novello, and later married and converted to Roman Catholicism. According to Davies, “He knew everybody – in the 20th century, there isn’t a single person you can name that he didn’t meet, and it’s quite extraordinary.”
Lowden himself has been nominated for the EE Rising Star Award at the impending BAFTAs. The long-gestating film will be produced by Michael Elliott, of EMU Films (Dirty God [+lire aussi :
interview : Sacha Polak
fiche film] and Steve McQueen’s upcoming BBC series Small Axe), with principal photography due to begin this spring.
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