Tony Benn: Will and Testament
- Thursday 23 October 2014 (17:00-19:30)
The School of Education is delighted to invite you to the screening of Tony Benn: Will and Testament. In this moving and informative tribute to Tony Benn, the political firebrand, prolific diarist, charismatic anti-war campaigner, husband and father presents his own personal reflections on his childhood and youth, marriage and family, political career and retirement through intimate, confessional interviews wonderfully illustrated by his personal photographic and film archives. Never before has a political figure of his calibre and reputation spoken to camera in such a direct way.
Criss-crossing the UK, Tony Benn bears witness to the major social and political upheavals and events that influenced him during his life and political career. From the introduction of nuclear power stations to Britain, his move to the left following his ministerial career, battling the Tory government during the miner’s strike, his personal fight to renounce his peerage and being a hate figure for the right-wing media, the film lifts the political mask to reveal a very human face.
Ultimately Will and Testamentis an exclusive and deeply personal look at the life of a national treasure, a frank, candid and sometimes painful exploration of the great themes of life that have affected him and affect us all, love, loss, hopes, dreams, fears and death.
The screening will include an interval and a Q&A panel with special guest Melissa Benn.
Places for this free event are limited so online registration is required.
Venue: Guild Council Chamber, Guild of Students, University of Birmingham (O1 on the University Campus Map)
View a trailer of 'Will and Testament'
5.15-7.00pm: Screening (including an interval)
7.00-7.30pm: Q & A panel