Journey’s End was originally a play by RC Sherriff. I studied it as part of my English literature A-level and I still vividly remember the characters and events decades later. It is an incredible play if you ever get the chance to see it. If you don’t, then you can soon watch the film starring Asa Butterfield, Sam Claflin, and Paul Bettany. It recently screened at the Toronto International Film Festival and got great reviews but won’t go on general release until Spring 2018 – the 100 year anniversary of the events depicted in the movie.
Journey’s End is set in World War 1 and follows an 18-year-old, called Raleigh, who is fresh from school and eager to get to the Front. Like many at the time, he is obviously young and naive, unprepared for the horrors endured by the men in the trenches. He requests to be sent to a particularly notorious section because he wants to serve with his friend and hero, Captain Stanhope. But Stanhope has been at the Front for a long time and is now a changed man.
If you want to read the Journey’s End play, you can get a copy here but you can also probably find it elsewhere for free – it was written 90 years ago. I highly recommend it. I am really looking forward this movie. Here is the trailer: