Published on: 15 November 2017 in Events

Journey’s End screening and Q&A with Saul Dibb — live tweets and photos

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On Monday 13 November we were joined by director Saul Dibb for a preview screening of his First World War film, Journey’s End

Moderator James Kent asked Saul about his approach to adapting R. C. Sherriff’s iconic play for the screen, and the filmic devices he used to maintain the film’s simmering tension.

Saul Dibb is a film and television director who works in both fiction and documentary. His features include Suite Française, starring Michelle Williams and Kristin Scott Thomas, The Duchess, starring Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes, and Bullet Boy, starring Ashley Walters. For television, he has directed well-regarded literary adaptations NW and The Line of Beauty, both for the BBC.

James Kent is a BAFTA and Emmy award-winning director of features, TV drama and documentary. He is the director of the forthcoming film The Aftermath, having directed his feature debut, Testament of Youth, in 2014. His work in TV drama includes 11.22.63, American Crime, The White Queen, Marchlands, Margaret and The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister. His documentary work includes Chopin Saved My Life and 9/11: Phone Calls from the Towers.

Journey’s End originated as a play written by R. C. Sherriff, who had himself fought in the First World War. The play was first performed in 1928, starring a young Laurence Olivier. The author also later turned his play into a novel.

As James pointed out, before coming across the title Journey’s End R. C. Sherriff had considered naming the play either Suspense or Waiting.

Members in the audience were certainly moved by the film:

View photos from the event below. 

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