Journey’s End

Journey’s End

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Set in a dugout in Aisne in 1918, it is the story of a group of British officers, led by the mentally disintegrating young officer Stanhope, variously awaiting their fate.

Sam Claflin is Captain Stanhope, the much-admired commanding officer of an infantry company waiting nervously for an expected German onslaught. They know they’re a sacrificial gesture, under-manned and under-equipped but ordered to “hold them up as long as you can”.

Stanhope is on the brink of mental collapse, holding himself together with whisky but sticking it out because “it’s the only thing a decent man can do”. There have been several film and TV versions of RC Sherriff’s WW1 play since it’s London debut in 1928, but this new incarnation, shown at the 2017 London Film Festival, is testament to the lingering potency of the piece. Also stars Paul Bettany, Asa Butterfield and Toby Jones.