13 | 2 hours 9 minutes | Biography, Drama, History | 16 January 2015 (UK)
Also Known As: Testamento de juventud Rated: Rated PG-13 for thematic material including bloody and disturbing war related images Genre(s): Biography, Drama, History, War Role: Roland Leighton Co-Stars: Alicia Vikander, Taron Egerton, Colin Morgan, Dominic West, Emily Watson (+ more) Director: James Kent Producer(s): Rosie Alison, David Heyman (+ more) Writer(s): Vera Brittain (autobiography), Juliette Towhidi (screenplay by) Release Dates: 16 January 2015 (UK) – other countries Filming Location(s): Oxford, Yorkshire, London Filming Dates: March 2014
A British woman recalls coming of age during World War I – a story of young love, the futility of war, and how to make sense of the darkest times.
The film was shot in various locations in Yorkshire, Oxford and London. The railway station scenes, the train interiors, and the scene in the railway café, were shot at Keighley Station, using trains provided by the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway. The landscape shots of period trains were filmed at the heritage track of the The North Yorkshire Moors Railway. The Welbeck Estate in Nottinghamshire provided several locations, including the scenes at Uppingham school, Melrose house and the Etaples field hospital. The lake scenes were filmed in Darley Dale in Derbyshire.
To get the extras to act urgently and emotionally in the train station where Vera and Roland stay their goodbyes, director James Kent blasted loud house music from large speakers. The initial juxtaposition was so jarring that Kit Harington nearly peed himself with laughter.
Roland Leighton: Down the long white road we walked together. Down between the grey hills and the heather. You seemed all brown and soft, just like linnet. Your errant hair had shadowed sunbeams in it. And there shone all April in your eyes.
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