Film screening: Testament of Youth
Arrival and networking: in Cross Point from 18:00
Film starts: 19:00
Testament of Youth is a
searing story of love, war and remembrance, based on the First World War memoir
by Vera Brittain which became the classic testimony of that war from a woman’s
point of view. A powerful and passionate journey from youthful hopes and dreams
to the edge of despair and back again, it’s a film about young love, the
futility of war and how to make sense of the darkest times.
Vera Brittain, irrepressible, intelligent and free-minded, overcomes the prejudices of her family and hometown to win a scholarship to Oxford. With everything to live for, she falls in love with her brother’s close friend Roland Leighton as they go to University to pursue their literary dreams. But the First World War is looming and as the boys leave for the front Vera realises she cannot sit idly by as her peers fight for their country, so volunteers as a nurse. She works tirelessly, experiencing all the griefs of war, as one by one those closest to her are killed and the pillars of her world shattered. But, an indefatigable spirit, Vera endures and returns to Oxford, irrevocably changed, yet determined to find a new purpose, which spurs her towards a powerful act of remembrance.
(From the BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcfilms/film/testament_of_youth)
Organised by the Plymouth University Women’s Network, this film screening and networking evening is open to University staff and their families, University students and Plymouth University Women's Network members.
Sponsored by the University of Plymouth Women’s Network.