With Q and A led by the film’s director, Tony Palmer.
The centenary of Benjamin Britten is marked by this new study by the multi-award-winning director Tony Palmer. It is a dark coda to Palmer’s four other films with and about Britten, whom many regard as the greatest British composer since Purcell.
This extraordinary new film explores Britten’s uneasy relationship to the wider world. The bloodiest century in history profoundly affected Britten, not just because he was a committed pacifist, but on a much deeper
level. What is the role of the artist in such a troubled world? What are his responsibilities? What is the nature of creativity itself? What is its function? Does it have a function?
Man’s inhumanity to Man – now and always. This is the subject matter
which preoccupied Britten, and this is the subject of this film.