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This extraordinary new film explores Britten's uneasy relationship to the wider world. The bloodiest century in history profoundly affected Britten, not just because he was a committed pacifist, but on a much deeper level. What is the role of the artist in such a troubled world? What are his responsibilities? What is the nature of creativity itself? What is its function? Does it have a function?
Man's inhumanity to Man now, and always. This is the subject matter which preoccupied Britten and that is the subject of this film.
"I have rarely seen such a profoundly troubling film. Palmer is a master, and this is his masterpiece." - Simon Heffer
"Nothing quite prepares us for the ferocity and daring, and the intensely subjective rapture, of Palmer's work that still has to be classified as 'documentary'." - David Thomson, The Biographical Dictionary of Film