Film director and Bootham School old scholar, James Kent has received a plethora of plaudits for his debut cinema film – the First World War epic Testament of Youth, which was filmed on location in Yorkshire. The Hollywood Reporter described it as ‘an exemplar of all the best things about British films.’ The Evening Standard, said Testament of Youth speaks a truly cinematic language.’ While The Daily Telegraph’s Tim Robey, concluded that ‘He has done hugely stirring justice to Brittain’s life’s work, which was to deny every false meaning attached to battlefield death.”
James Kent, said of the film he had directed: "As a born Yorkshireman raised and educated in the county I can't tell you what pleasure it gave me to come home (with 90 crew, 200 extras - and 20 actors!) in order to shoot Testament of Youth, a powerful reminder of what the First World War meant. I even knew the most beautiful spots for this searing love story and the rather less glamorous for the trenches! But Yorkshire did us proud."
Kent left Bootham School in 1981 and went on to read history at Oxford. Amongst his TV work he has won a BAFTA for the BBC2 documentary film ‘Holocaust’
Commenting on the success of its old boy, Bootham’s Headmaster, Jonathan Taylor, said: “James has produced outstanding TV documentary work in some of the most difficult and challenging areas of the world. We would like to think that Bootham’s Quaker values may have had some small influence on his work, and of course we congratulate him on his latest film success.”