Journey’s End takes us to the front lines of the First World War, where a company of British soldiers awaits a German attack after being effectively abandoned by their commanders.
DIRECTORS: Saul Dibb
CAST: Sam Claflin, Paul Bettany, Asa Butterfield, Stephen Graham, Toby Jones, Tom Sturridge
RUN TIME: 108 mins
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As the Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw said, "This new version of RC Sherriff’s classic play about the futility and slaughter of the first world war is powerful, passionate and superbly acted”.
Journey’s End is a play written by R C Sherriff, and recently released as a movie earlier this year. Both the play and the movie are set in the trenches of the Western Front, just before Operation Michael, the German offensive of March 1918. In the play, the action takes place entirely in the claustrophobic atmosphere of an officers’ dugout while the British officers and their men wait for the enemy attack. The movie, directed by Saul Dibb and starring Asa Butterfield, Sam Claflin and Paul Bettany, has a wider canvas, and we are able to experience events beyond confines of the dugout, in this centenary of the end of World War 1.