War Requiem (film)
|Directed by||Derek Jarman|
|Produced by||Don Boyd|
|Written by||Wilfred Owen (poems)|
|Music by||Benjamin Britten|
|Edited by||Rick Elgood|
|6 January 1989|
It was shot in 1988 by the British film director Derek Jarman with the 1963 recording as the soundtrack, produced by Don Boyd and financed by the BBC. Decca Records required that the 1963 recording be heard on its own, with no overlaid soundtrack or other sound effects.  The film featured Nathaniel Parker as Wilfred Owen, and Laurence Olivier in his last acting appearance in any medium (he died in July 1989, and represented the last film he completed with completely new footage. (Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow only had archival footage of his appearance from his youth.) The film is structured as the reminiscences of Olivier's character, the Old Soldier in a wheelchair, and Olivier recites "Strange Meeting" in the film's prologue.
- Laurence Olivier (Old Soldier)
- Nathaniel Parker (Wilfred Owen)
- Tilda Swinton (Nurse)
- Sean Bean (German Soldier)
- Nigel Terry (Abraham)
- Patricia Hayes (Mother)
- Owen Teale (Unknown Soldier)
- Jodie Graber (Young boy soldier)
- Spencer Leigh (Soldier 1)
The film was released on VHS and Laserdisc in 1990, but because of its limited release, copies are quite rare. A US (Region 1/NTSC) DVD is available from Kino International. The film has been released on UK Region 2 DVD featuring a Making of War Requiem documentary and interviews with Swinton, Parker and Don Boyd (who also provides an audio commentary). A DVD has also been released in Japan.
- Cooke, Mervyn, Britten: "War Requiem". Cambridge Music Handbook, 1996 (ISBN 0521440890).
- "BFI War Requiem". BFI screenonline. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
- Vincent Canby (26 January 1990). "Britten's 'War Requiem,' To Images by Derek Jarman". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-05-05.
- "War Requiem DVD (UPC 7-38329-06212-5)". kino.com. Kino International. Retrieved 2011-11-11.