Testament of Youth

TitleTestament of Youth
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsKent, James
Running Time2h 9m
Date Released10/2014
CountryUnited Kingdom
Publication LanguageEnglish

In 1933, Vera Brittain (1893-1970) published  her renowned autobiography, Testament of Youth, in which she recounted her experiences   as a British Volunteer Aid Detachment (VAD) nurse in World War I. As an upper-middle class woman, she studied at Oxford University Summerville College before the war and volunteered for the VAD after her brother, her fiancé, and their childhood friend went to the Front. She ultimately is forced to mourn the loss of all three. In 2015, director James Kent turned the autobiography into a critically acclaimed film starring Alicia Vikander as Brittain. The film is a searing and poignant portrayal of the “lost generation,” and refuses to gloss over the depth  of that loss. Alicia Vikander effectively conveys the agony and outrage Brittain expressed in her autobiography as she reflects on the tragedies in both her personal life caused by the war and for her generation as a whole.


Alicia Vikander

Kit Harington

Taron Egerton

Emily Watson

Hayley Atwell

Colin Morgan

Joanna Scanlan

Alexandra Roach

Jonathan Bailey

Anna Chancellor

Nicholas Le Prevost

Nicholas Farrell

Dominic West

Miranda Richardson


produced by David Heyman & Rosie Alison

directed by James Kent

screenplay by Juliette Towhid

music, Max Richter

costume designer, Consolata Boyle

editor, Lucia Zucchetti

production designer, Jon Henson

director of photography, Rob Hardy

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