Friday, February 13, 2009
Vera Brittain film
Thirty years ago (how hard it is for me to write those words because I really do not feel that old at all) I remember watching a brilliant TV series on the BBC called 'Testament of Youth' about a young woman who leaves her studies at Oxford to go be a nurse in a military hospital when WW1 breaks out. The show was based on the autobiographical writings of Vera Brittain, the mother of Shirley Williams, herself a strong female figure in Labour and Social Democratic politics. The Telegraph reports that BBC Films are to make a big-screen version of the book, which it calls "a seminal work of feminism" (an adjective that I find highly inappropriate considering its application in this case).