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:-
|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