The new trailer for the latest adaptation of R.C Sherriff’s 1928 play Journey’s End has just been released. It is set in 1918 in trenches near Saint-Quentin and follows the lives of a group of officers over a short period of time, before the hammer blow of the German Spring Offensive falls on them.
Sheriff himself had served in the 9th Battalion of the East Surrey Regiment, winning the Military Cross and fighting at Loos, Vimy Ridge and in the Third Battle of Ypres.
You can see the trailer here:
Journey’s End has come to define the First World War, and was deliberately set as a counter to the romantic notions of war. Despite some initial difficulties in getting it put on, by 1929 Sherriff’s play was being performed by 14 separate companies in English, and 17 in other languages, in London, New York, Paris, Stockholm, Berlin, Rome, Vienna, Madrid, and Budapest, and in Canada, Australia, and South Africa.
The film stars Sam Claflin, Asa Butterfield, Toby Jones, Tom Sturridge, Stephen Graham and Paul Bettany, and is scheduled for release in February 2018.