Filming ‘Testament of Youth’

Filed under: BiographyNon-fiction

Rosie Alison, Mark Bostridge and Joanna Scanlan discuss taking 'Testament of Youth' from page to stage.

Testament of Youth, Vera Brittain’s searing memoir of the years 1900 to 1925, has become a classic of First World War literature. When Virginia Woolf first read it, shortly after its publication in 1933, she was so moved by Brittain’s account of her time as a VAD nurse, and of the loss of her fiancé and brother, that she stayed up all night to finish it. In a discussion interwoven with clips from the new film, Rosie Alison, its producer, Mark Bostridge who, as Vera Brittain’s biographer, advised on it, and Joanna Scanlan who plays Vera Brittain’s aunt, reflect on the challenges of adaptation, the genesis of a book first conceived as a novel, and the complicated relationship between autobiography and objective truth.

Recorded on: January 21, 2015
Recorded at: The Courtauld Institute of Art