Private Peaceful is released in UK cinemas 12 October 2012.

Based on the bestselling book of the same name, Private Peaceful is a story beloved by many and written by celebrated author, Michael Morpurgo OBE.

Private Peaceful is the classic rites of passage story of two brothers and the exuberance and pain of their teenage love for the same girl, the pressures of their feudal family life, the horrors and folly of war and the ultimate price of courage and cowardice. PRIVATE PEACEFUL is set in the fields of Devon and the WW1 battlefields of Flanders, giving us a heart-breaking glimpse of the way we once lived - and still die.

PRIVATE PEACEFUL is directed by established director Pat O’Connor whose body of work includes Cal, Circle of Friends and Inventing the Abbotts. With starring roles from exciting young talent, Jack O’Connell (Skins, Harry Brown), George MacKay (The Boys are Back, Defiance) and Alexandra Roach (The Iron Lady, Anna Karenina), Private Peaceful also features a host of British talent including Richard Griffiths (Harry Potter, Hugo, Pirates of the Caribbean), Maxine Peake (Shameless, See No Evil, Criminal Justice), Frances de la Tour (Rising Damp, Harry Potter, Hugo) and John Lynch (Sliding Doors, Cal).

Reviews

We were learning about autobiographies at school and about the war, so this book fitted. Private Peaceful is simple and easy to read, but the story about Tommo and his brother draws you in and the ending really hurts. You keep on thinking about how unfair it all was and how horrible war must be. Now I always read my way through all Michael Morpurgo books ( and so does my mum) because his stories are so captivating. This is a book you need to read several times and it is still my favourite. Kate Atkin
Private Peaceful is heartstopping. It is ful of thrills. It can make you cry and laugh. It is amazing. Good one Morpurgo, good one. smile
An AMAZING story of courage
It is s good but a have to read it.
private peaceful is an emotional journey for young tommo peaceful through the whole story he is counting down to a big part of his life read it
I read this spectacular story. I'm a fifth grader in California. So far I have read five Morpugo books. My goal is to read all.
Private Peaceful is a heart-warming tale of a WW1 soldier looking back at his life. Tommo , Charlie, Big Joe, Mother and Molly are wonderful characters along with the Colonel and Wolfwoman! I thought Charlie, being an older brother, looked after Tommo in the war well, even if it did come to a dramatic and sad ending. I loved Big Joe with his worms, his doormouse, his dog and his many other creatures. This is a must-read but should come with a box of tissues at the ready!