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From the Oscar-winning director of Skyfall (Sam Mendes) comes an epic thriller about two WWI soldiers in a race against time to deliver intelligence that will save hundreds of lives.

In cinemas January 10, the film 1917 sees the young soldiers, Schofield and Blake, travel nine miles across a treacherous war zone to deliver a sealed letter of command which will stop an ambush against hundreds of British soldiers - Blake's own brother among them.

To mark its cinematic release, we've created a new revision-aid resource for students aged 15+ to help prepare for English Literature and English Language GCSE's. Taking inspiration from the film's continuous shot sequence that sees the action play out in real time, our Bravery and Brotherhood resource supports students in their study of the concept of time as presented in WWI poetry, plus creative writing.

Using Wilfred Owen's poem Exposure as their blueprint, students will compare and contrast the language and imagery used in the poem against the portrayal of time in the film. The intense action of 1917 will act as a foil to the content of Exposure (or your choice of war poem), and students will gain an insight and appreciation of life in the trenches whilst revising for their upcoming exams.

Across two lessons, take your students on a learning mission to analyse the film trailer and poem simultaneously, then respond to both texts with their own creative writing in preparation for their English Language examinations. Using film learning techniques like storyboarding and sound-on-vision-off activities, engage learners with compelling visual aids to solidify their revision and inspire original creative writing which can be incentivised further with our A letter from the front creative writing competition… 

Competition time - win a private screening!

To help your students revise and prepare for their examinations,we're running a creative writing competition inspired by 1917 to give you and your class the chance to win a private screening of the film at a cinema near you!

Following the Bravery and Brotherhood lessons, ask your students to put themselves in Blake and Schofield's position and imagine they were a soldier in WWI. To enter the competition, they will need to write a letter to their loved ones from this perspective, describing conditions in the trenches, what daily life is like and what they miss about home.

Entries close 31 January 2020. Terms and conditions apply.

About the film:

Posted in northern France, two young soldiers, Blake and Schofield are given a sealed letter of command by General Erinmore containing intel of an attack against British troops by the enemy. They must travel nine miles across the treacherous war zone to deliver the intelligence to Colonel MacKenzie, demanding his regiment to step down from advancing towards enemy lines within the next 24 hours. If they fail to do so, 1,600 British lives will be lost, including Blake’s brother. On their journey, they must navigate their way in a race against time and overcome obstacles they face at any cost. Joining George Mackay (Schofield) and Dean-Charles Chapman (Blake) are an all-star British and Irish cast including Benedict Cumberbatch, Colin Firth, Richard Madden, Andrew Scott, Mark Strong and Daniel Mays. Directed by visionary director Sam Mendes, with screenplay by Sam Mendes and Krysty Wilson-Cairns, the film is produced by Pippa Harris (Revolutionary Road, Jarhead), shot by cinematographer Roger Deakins (Sicario, Blade Runner 2049), score composed by Thomas Newman (Skyfall, Spectre) and edited by Lee Smith (Dunkirk, Inception). 1917, a story of brotherhood and bravery inspired by true events, is in UK and Irish cinemas January 10, 2020.


Sam Mendes


George MacKay, Dean-Charles Chapman, Mark Strong, Andrew Scott, Richard Madden, Claire Duburcq, with Colin Firth and Benedict Cumberbatch


Sam Mendes, Pippa Harris, Jayne-Ann Tenggren, Callum McDougall, Brian Oliver



"The film in itself is a slice of time" - George MacKay

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