TESTAMENT OF YOUTH is an upcoming 2015 drama film directed by British TV director James Kent, and written by Juliette Towhidi, based on the First World War memoir of the same name written by Vera Brittain.
The film stars Alicia Vikander (A Royal Affair) as Vera Brittain and Kit Harington (Pompeii) as her fiancé Roland Leighton. It tells the incredible true story of one young woman’s struggle to survive the horrors of war, which robbed her of everyone and everything she held dear, but was ultimately unable to break her extraordinary spirit.
Vera Brittain, irrepressible, intelligent and free-minded, overcomes the prejudices of her family and hometown to win a scholarship to Oxford. With everything to live for, she falls in love with her brother’s close friend Roland Leighton as they go to University to pursue their literary dreams. But the First World War is looming and as the boys leave for the front Vera realises she cannot sit idly by as her peers fight for their country, so volunteers as a nurse. She works tirelessly, experiencing all the grief of war, as one by one her fiancé, her brother and their closest friends are all killed and the pillars of her world shattered. But, an indefatigable spirit, Vera endures and returns to Oxford, irrevocably changed, yet determined to create a world in which such a war can never take place again.
The ensemble cast also including Dominic West, Emily Watson, Joanna Scanlan, Hayley Atwell, Jonathan Bailey, and Anna Chancellor.
- via Lionsgate UK