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The Guide enjoyed JOURNEY’S END so much we reviewed it twice. Here and here.

In the face of fear, they found each other.

March, 1918. C-company arrives to take its turn in the front-line trenches in northern France led by the war-weary Captain Stanhope (Sam Claflin). A German offensive is imminent, and the officers (Paul Bettany, Stephen Graham, Tom Sturridge) and their cook (Toby Jones) distract themselves in their dugout with talk of food and their past lives. Stanhope, meanwhile, soaks his fear in whisky, unable to deal with his dread of the inevitable. A young new officer, Raleigh (Asa Butterfield), has just arrived, fresh out of training and abuzz with the excitement of his first real posting – not least because he is to serve under Stanhope, his former school house monitor and the object of his sister’s affections. Each man is trapped, the days ticking by, the tension rising and the attack drawing ever closer…

JOURNEY’S END  is available to rent or buy from March 6th.

To celebrate the film's release on home entertainment  and with thanks to Icon Film Distribution, Sydney Arts Guide has a DVD of JOURNEY'S END to give away.

To be in the running, email (editorialstaff.sydneyartsguide@gmail.com) 
with JOURNEYS_END_DVD as the subject and your full name AND your mailing address. 

Competition closes Midnight on Friday March 1, 2019 when the winner will be drawn. Only the winner will be notified and the DVD will be mailed by the distributor after March 4.


JOURNEY’S END : Photos Nick Wall

JOURNEY’S END, set in a dugout in Aisne during WW1,  is the story of a group of British officers, led by the mentally disintegrating young officer Stanhope, as they await their fate

March 1918.  C-company arrives to take its turn in the frontline trenches in Northern France led by the world-weary Captain Stanhope (Sam Claflin). A German offensive is imminent, and the officers (Paul Bettany,  Stephen Graham, Tom Sturridge) and their cook (Toby Jones) distract themselves in their dugout with talk of food and the past lives. Stanhope, meanwhile, soaks his fear in whiskey, unable to deal with his dread of the inevitable. Continue reading JOURNEY’S END: IN CINEMAS SOON. GIVEAWAY


JOURNEY’S END : Photos Nick Wall

When I saw the stage play a few years ago, the natural barrier of no women characters was too much for me.  I really didn’t enjoy it.   So, it was with some curiosity I attended a screening of JOURNEY’S END, based on the 1928 play by R. C. Sherriff, which will be released in Australian cinemas November 8th.  And like Shawshank Redemption before it, I was won over by the storytelling.  And the exploration of universal themes.  Despite modern warfare being explored often in contemporary screen art, The Hurt Locker and Burns/Novick’s Vietnam come to mind, this story of trench warfare in WW1 may have its greatest impact in its distance.

We meet the officers and men, astonishing nomenclature made worse when we meet the ‘servants’ of Company C, in Aisne in 1918.  They are being rotated to the front, “up the line” to serve their 6 days per month allocation.  The story is of the officers in their dugout rather than the NCOs and men around them in the mud and the sewerage.  Their captain is Stanhope (Sam Claflin) who has a slight and slipping grip on his heavy responsibilities which he is unable to attend to sober.  But he is a man for whom duty is not just a word and he has the support of Lieutenant Osborne (Paul Bettany) who is his mentor, his champion and a loyal, capable, Number 2. Continue reading JOURNEY’S END: CINEMA ABOUT THEN FOR THE NOW

Journey’s End

Andrew George plays Captain Stanhope and Jermey Bridie plays Officer HIbbert in R.C. Sherriff’s classic war drama, JOURNEY’S END

British playwright R.C. Sherriff’s drama JOURNEY’S END presents a detailed and harrowing account of the hell that is war fought in the trenches.

A classic of its genre, Sherriff’s play was wrought out of his  experiences as an officer in the trenches during the First World War. The play was first performed on the 9th December 1928 at London’s Apollo Theatre, in a production by  the Incorporated Stage Society, and starred a very young Laurence Olivier.

The setting is Saint-Quentin, Aisne, France, at a British Army infantry officers’ dugout located just 75 yards from enemy trenches during four days, between the 18th March and the 21st March, 1918, poised very close to the end of the War. It focuses on the interactions between five officers and the Colonel, and depicts the camaraderie between the officers with poignancy. Continue reading Journey’s End

R.C. Sherriff’s JOURNEY’S END

Will Usic and Mark Lee in Breaker Morant, Theatre Troupe’s 2013 production

There’s a line in R.C.Sherriff’s powerful play JOURNEY’S END where the Colonel says to Osborne “I’m certain you’ll put up a good show.”

That line has an added resonance when The Theatre Troupe’s production opens at the Reginald at the Seymour Centre in October, as Osborne is played by Will Usic, who is also directing the show.

Will was also a cast member of The Theatre Troupe’s 2012 production of Breaker Morant, which was also staged at the Reginald.

For JOURNEY’S END, he’ll be directing Andrew George in the starring role of Stanhope. Andrew played the title role in Breaker Morant, so there’s a solid working relationship already forged.

Like Breaker Morant, JOURNEY’S END is a coruscating drama about men in war, this time in the trenches of World War One.

Playwright R.C.Sherriff served as a captain in the East Surrey Regiment from the outbreak of the First World War and so his writing has the ring of verisimilitude.

JOURNEY’S END has become a classic, as has many of Sherriff’s other work, including the Academy Award nominated screenplay for Goodbye Mr. Chipps and Mrs. Miniver.

Rising stars Jack Douglas as Raleigh, Jeremy Bridie as Hibbert and Ian Bezzina doubling as Mason and the German soldier, are indicative of the youth that were catapulted from the playing fields of Eton and the like to the hell holes of Flanders Fields, the Western Front and the like.

Like the characters they play, they’re keen, strong and brave chaps who should deliver the very good show this company promises.

Coinciding with the centenary commemorations of the commencement of the First World War, JOURNEY’S END stands as a tribute and a remembrance of a conflict that devastated one generation impacted those that followed.

JOURNEY’S END plays The Reginald Theatre, Seymour Centre, Broadway, October 22- November 15.