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Entertainment Jack Lowden And Terrence Davies Talk Bringing WWI Poet Siegfried Sassoon’s Life To The Big Screen With TIFF Biopic ‘Benediction’

03:20  15 september  2021
03:20  15 september  2021 Source:   etcanada.com

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Davies additionally talks about desirous to adapt Stefan Zweig’s ‘The Submit Workplace Woman’ as a film. One of many many movies to play at this yr’s Toronto Worldwide Movie Competition was Benediction . Written and directed by Terence Davies , the movie explores the turbulent lifetime of Shortly after seeing the movie, I spoke with Jack Lowden and Terence Davies . They talked about bringing Siegfried Sassoon ’ s story to the display, what it was like being homosexual in England 100 years in the past, the place the thought got here from to combine in previous footage, the best way

Jack - Lowden - Terence - Davies benediction interview social. One of the many films to play at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival was Benediction . Shortly after seeing the film, I spoke with Jack Lowden and Terence Davies . They talked about bringing Siegfried Sassoon ’ s story to the screen , what it was like being gay in England a hundred years ago, where the idea came from to mix in old footage, the way Siegfried understood his own hypocrisy, what it’s really like being an actor and director, and more.

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Filmmaker Terrence Davies chose Jack Lowden to play World War One poet Siegfried Sassoon in his TIFF biopic "Benediction" and says the actor's transformation into the soldier and poet was "an absolute joy to witness."

"Jack was absolutely wonderful in the role," Davies tells ET Canada. While Lowden explains how he worked hard to "be true to him [Sassoon], and that's what Terrence crafted in the script."

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They talked about bringing Siegfried Sassoon ’s story to the screen , what it was like being gay in England a hundred years ago, where the idea came from to mix in old footage, the way Siegfried understood his own hypocrisy, what it’s really like being an actor and director, and more. RELATED: 2021 TIFF Lineup Adds ‘Dear Evan Hansen,’ ‘Clifford the Big Red Dog,’ ‘The Eyes of Tammy Faye,’ and More. Check out what they had to say in the player above and below is exactly what we talked about. Jack Lowden and Terence Davies .

Written and directed by Terence Davies , the film explores the turbulent life of the legendary war poet and anti-war activist Siegfried Sassoon ( Jack Lowden ). Sassoon was a decorated British officer and poet in the first World War but became a vocal critic of the war when he returned from service. At the same time, due to his experiences with war, he made his life ’ s journey a quest for salvation, trying to find it within the conformity of marriage and religion. Benediction also stars Peter Capaldi, Gemma Jones, Ben Daniels, Kate Phillips, Simon Russell Beale, Jeremy Irvine, and Geraldine James.

In the film, Davies touches on Sassoon's sexuality and how he was part of the LGBTQ+ community during World War I.

"You can’t forget he was upper class and those people were very privileged and gay people used that privilege to protect them," explains Davies. "[I'm] not saying it’s any easier, but if you were low or middle class and you were found out to be gay you would go to prison back then. It was a criminal offense in the UK until 1967."

The “Mary Queen of Scots” star adds, "If you go off a lot of his [Sassoon's] writings, it [his sexuality] doesn’t seem to play as much of a part as I think we would love it to have."

Lowden continues, that while the poet's sexuality "was part of him... it wasn’t his defining thing. What defines him in the film more so is his regret and longing to be something and to have accomplished something. A lot of universal things that a lot of people can relate to in different forms. That was definitely my way into playing the character, was the regret more than anything."

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Jack Lowden To Star As WWI Poet Siegfried Sassoon In Terence Davies Biopic ‘ Benediction ’. By Andreas Wiseman. Lowden , a recent BAFTA Rising Star nominee, will portray English soldier and poet Sassoon , who was decorated for bravery on the Western Front, and is best remembered for his poems about the First World War , which brought him public and critical acclaim. Sassoon became a focal point for dissent within the armed forces when he made a lone protest against the continuation of the war.

Lowden , a recent BAFTA Rising Star nominee, will portray English soldier and poet Sassoon , who was decorated for bravery on the Western Front, and is best remembered for his poems about the First World War , which brought him public and critical acclaim. Sassoon became a focal point for The long-gestating movie, whose details are being kept under wraps, marks the return of festival favorite Davies , director of movies including A Quiet Passion, Distant Voices, Still Lives and The House Of Mirth. The Brit filmmaker’s last movie A Quiet Passion from 2016 was about American poet Emily Dickinson.

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Meanwhile, Davies explains that filming during COVID presented its own challenges, with the problem at first being financial. "Three days after shooting we were told it was cancelled and then got cleared to shoot the film in September 2020," says Davies. "We did testing at the beginning of each week and it added 35,000-pounds to the budget. A lot of small things [other projects] died because they couldn’t get that extra money."

Amazingly, the director says they were blessed on set and "never had one single case of COVID at all in the production throughout the six weeks."

Lowden says it's a very different experience as an actor filming during COVID, "but a very easy experience compared to what everyone else has had to go through in other professions."

The "Small Axe" star explains how the "film industry can adapt to it, and it’s been very good at adapting to it." Adding, "Film crews are like little armies so they can adapt very quickly... We were one of the lucky ones, and it was early on in the pandemic when masks and testing were new."

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Jack Lowden and Peter Capaldi play WWI English poet Siegfried Sassoon in his younger years and old age in ' Benediction ,' a melancholy bio-drama. Six years after taking a contemplative approach to the life of Emily Dickinson in A Quiet Passion, Terence Davies undertakes a thoughtful study of another poet , Siegfried Sassoon , in Benediction . The English writer emerges here as an introspective figure — a decorated World War I soldier haunted by the deaths he witnessed on the Western Front and a gay man disillusioned by his relationships with jaded narcissists.

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Davies talks about how production went off without a hitch, even with some unusual warnings about potential interruptions on the set. "We filmed for a couple of weeks at this wonderful property and there was a sign that said, ‘If you have any issues with sheep, phone the following number.'" To which Lowden laughed loudly during the interview, adding, "The sheep were too compliant, far too compliant." Jokingly adding, "Just one unruly sheep, that’s really all you want."

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