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  • 1997
  • UK/Canada
  • 113 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Gillies MacKinnon
  • Written by: Pat Barker, Allan Scott
  • Cast: Jonathan Pryce, James Wilby, Jonny Lee Miller, Stuart Bunce, Tanya Allen, James McAvoy

Faithful to Pat Barker's source novel, Mackinnon's film touches on trench life during World War I, but is mostly confined to within the walls of Edinburgh's Craiglockhart Hospital, where psychiatrist Dr Rivers (Pryce) nurses the shell-shocked back to mental fitness. It's a sober, mournful work, and most of the fireworks comes from the actors, all of whom excel.

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Kirkcaldy Film Festival 2014 - WW1 Day

Early Bird Offer - 10% off tickets booked by 1 Sep.

Directed by Gillies Mackinnon

Starring Johnny Lee Miller, Jonathan Pryce, James Wilby

Some of the most poignant poetry ever written came out of the First World War, born from the first-hand experiences of the likes of Siegfried Sassoon, Wilfred Owen and Robert Graves.

All three men feature in this big screen adaptation of Pat Barker's classic novel, set in Edinburgh's Craiglockhart Hospital, where Dr William Rivers, a Freudian psychiatrist, encourages his patients to overcome their mental traumas by expressing their memories of war.

This is a rare chance to see this film on the big screen.

Running Time 109 minutes

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