Multi-Award winning Wilfred Owen film 'The Burying Party' holds centennial screenings nationwide

Multi-Award winning Wilfred Owen film 'The Burying Party' holds centennial screenings nationwide

The Burying Party tells the story of the war poet's final year

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 — A film about the life of Wilfred Owen has won 16 awards including Best UK Feature Film at the New Renaissance Film Festival, and the film is set to screen at the Genesis Cinema in London, along with select screenings nationwide.

The Burying Party focuses on a fascinating final year for Owen, meeting such literary heavyweights as Robbie Ross, Charles Scott Moncrieff, Robert Graves and of course, his mentor, Siegfried Sassoon. In addition, he returned to the front after assessing his war record and existing poetry, earning the Military Cross for an attack at Joncourt where he captured an enemy machine gun.

On November 4th 1918, he finally fell at the Sambre-Oise canal in the culmination of The Somme campaign near Ors in France. 100 years later to the day, Sine Wave Media are showing the film at the Genesis Cinema, then in Edinburgh where he was treated for shell shock, and in his hometowns in Shropshire and the Wirral.

Writer and Director Richard Weston said: "The casting was rigorous, and we needed a team that could carry the weight of such a powerful story. Wilfred Owen (Matthew Staite) is a fascinating character who has never been truly realised. Dominic Hibberd's biography is immensely important in underlining his sexuality, which had a huge influence on his work.

The cast and crew have been justly rewarded for their huge effort and talents on the world stage. We are looking forward greatly to commemorating his life with this 100th anniversary tour."

The film includes actors such as Sid Phoenix (Florence Foster Jenkins) and Joyce Branagh, alongside the support of Andrew Caley (Peaky Blinders) as Robbie Ross.

The Burying Party premiered at the New Renaissance Film Festival, which championed The Silent Child on its road to winning Best Live Action Short at the Oscars last year.

Weston added, "There were sensational films in the programme. New Renaissance is one of the leading independent festivals in Europe, championing superb LGBT+ films, so it is an honour to win this award."

The screening at Genesis will be followed by a Q & A from Richard Weston, and actor Matthew Staite.

Full screening list for November is as follows:

 

02 TENBURY, REGAL CINEMA, 7PM     

04 LONDON, GENESIS CINEMA, 6PM, LIVE Q & A

06 MERSEYSIDE, HESWALL HALL, 7PM, LIVE Q & A

07 MERSEYSIDE, CHRIST CHURCH, 7PM, LIVE Q & A

08 SHROPSHIRE, SHREWSBURY MUSEUM, 5PM, LIVE Q & A

08 EDINBURGH, REDFORD BARRACKS, 7PM

10 TENBURY, REGAL CINEMA, 7PM     

10 OSWESTRY, WYNSTAY HOTEL, 1PM, LIVE Q & A

10 WIRRAL, BIRKENHEAD LIBRARY, 5PM, LIVE Q & A

10 TENBURY, REGAL CINEMA, 7PM

26 LIVERPOOL, PICTUREHOUSE AT FACT, 6.30PM

The full awards list reads:-

Category Award/Festival
Best Feature New Renaissance Film Festival London
Best Picture New York Film Awards
Best Supporting Actor New York Film Awards
Best Cinematography New York Film Awards
Best Sound Design New York Film Awards
Best Actor New York Film Awards
Best Narrative Feature Los Angeles Movie Awards
Best Director Los Angeles Movie Awards
Best Costume Design Los Angeles Movie Awards
Best Production Design Los Angeles Movie Awards
Best Narrative Feature Melbourne City Independent Film Awards
Best Supporting Actor Melbourne City Independent Film Awards
Best Narrative Feature Los Angeles Film Awards
Best Cinematography Los Angeles Film Awards
Honorable Mention - Actor Los Angeles Film Awards
Honorable Mention - Director Los Angeles Film Awards
To find out more about the film, visit www.theburyingparty.com or Twitter and Facebook  

The Burying Party, a film about Wilfred Owen: Official Trailer.

The Burying Party Official Trailer

The crew on location in Whitby
Latest poster
Richard Weston Director pictured at the Athenaeum, Liverpool
Matthew Staite as Owen
Benjamin Longthorne and Matthew Staite on location in Thurstaston
Matthew Staite (Owen) and Harry Owens (Moncrieff) on location in Whitby
Crucifix Corner
Owen looks on as Graves who is suffering from 'Shellshock' is comforted by Sassoon.
Owen and Thompson converse by the light of the moon on location in Suffolk
Richard Weston and his Director Photography, Meurig Marshall on location at Middlethorpe Hall.
Owen at the The Athenaeum which was our location for Craiglockhart Hospital
Owen Graves and Sassoon on location in Edinburgh
Poster 1
Richard and the New Renaissance award for Best Feature (online only)
Keith Thompson The Burying Party at Sine Wave Media Ltd