Alicia Vikander (Kitty in Joe Wright's sumptuous but flawed Anna Karenina) stars as Vera, a brilliant young woman keen to study literature at Oxford and to be a writer. Brittain sacrificed her dreams to serve as a wartime nurse - what else? that's mostly all that women were allowed to do even when there wasn't a war going on - while Kit Harrington, the remaining heartthrob in the Game of Thrones cast, plays soldier, poet, and love interest Roland Leighton. Emily Watson and Dominic Cooper play her parents in the film from British TV director James Kent (Marchlands, Inside Men, The White Queen) with the screenplay written by Juliette Towhidi (Calendar Girls, Love Rosie, Death Comes to Pemberley).
There's a trailer (below) and I've found some images to share with you. Here are a couple of links to reviews from the London Film Festival screening if you want to go there. Variety review by Guy Lodge. The Guardian review by Peter Bradshaw. I think I'll wait and try the memoir first, it sounds incredibly moving.
And oh by the way, the book was adapted for the small screen back in the 70's by the BBC so yes, some of you have seen it before. I'm curious to see if it rings a bell with me as well. Have any of you read Brittain's memoir? I'm so curious to know more about it; I'm of the generation where both my British grandfathers - one who I saw twice in my life, the other who I never met - fought in that war, while much of my own limited knowledge comes from historical dramas like Downton Abbey and Atonement. Writing that sentence I'm simply amazed by my own lack of historical curiosity but there it is! Shameful.