TThe next showing at the Bishop Burton cinema in the village hall is the screen play of Vera Brittain’s bestselling memoir of love, loss and desolation in the first world war.

Doors open at 7pm, for a 7.30pm showing. £5.00 per person on the door. Refreshments, including ice cream available before and during the interval. It would be great to see you there.

As Vera Brittain, Alicia Vikander has beauty and presence: her Vera is a brilliant young woman who, in 1914, is just going up to read English at Somerville College, Oxford, although women were still not permitted to take a university degree. Vera’s story is governed by the unbearable paradox of sacrifice. For too long, women had been expected to sacrifice their lives and identities to men. But with the outbreak of war, men were rushing to sacrifice themselves on the altar of combat, and proto-feminist Vera has the uncomfortable feeling that to compete with men in terms of social usefulness at this key moment, she too must sacrifice herself: abandon her hard-won Oxford place and take up a nursing post either in England or France. And so the agony of political identity goes on….

Director: James Kent
Writers:Vera Brittain (autobiography), Juliette Towhidi(screenplay)
Stars: Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, Taron Egerton

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