Sunday Movie, Journey’s End with Producer, Guy de Beaujeu
Ebenezer is proud to present the critically acclaimed 2017 film of R.C. Sherriff's classic play, Journey's End with it's producer, Guy de Beaujeu to introduce and take Q&A.
This taut, handsome historical drama is set in March 1918 as C-Company, led by a war-weary Captain Stanhope (Sam Claflin) arrives in northern France to face the last major German offensive of the War.
As our guest, producer Guy de Beaujeu “When I first read the play of Journey’s End I was immediately struck by its humanity. It is not so much a war play as a drama in a war setting. It humanised the soldiers it depicted, showing them as rounded, believable characters – these were not supermen, but ordinary people caught up in extraordinary and horrifying events.”
Told that a German attack is imminent, Stanhope drowns his fears in whisky whilst the officers (Paul Bettany, Stephen Graham, Tom Sturridge) and their cook (Toby Jones) attempt to distract themselves in their dugout with talk of food and life before war.
They are joined by young Raleigh (Asa Butterfield), who had begged his uncle – a general – for the chance to serve at the front. He discovers the trenches are filthy and rat-infested. As for his fellow officers, they’re a million miles from the cheerful, gallant warriors he had expected.
Guy de Beaujeu
Guy de Beaujeu is a producer and writer, known for Journey's End (2017), Private Peaceful (2012) and What You Will (2012).
He lives in Somerset and his father served in the Army throughout his working life.
“The first world war film to end them all.”
“Saul Dibb gracefully translates the optimism and excruciating suffering portrayed in “Journey’s End” to the screen, enlisting a cast of fine actors to embody varying permutations of trauma, denial and the shaded fundamentals of brute survival.”
“Journey's End brings R.C. Sherriff's 90-year-old play to the screen with thrilling power, thanks to director Saul Dibb's hard-hitting urgency and brilliant work from a talented cast.”
“An intelligent, meticulously crafted drama.”
“An unassumingly excellent new film version of RC Sherriff's classic 1928 stage play. It is expertly cast and really well acted: forthright, powerful, heartfelt.”