It is extremely difficult for an artist of any medium to do justice to the sacrifices and bravery of servicemen and women both past and present.
World War One was one of the bloodiest conflicts ever to have battered our planet and for me there is a distinct lack of understanding of a world so far removed from the comforts and luxuries I take for granted today- in spite of the books I read, the films I watched and places I visited in an effort to research life in the trenches and the impact that had on one’s sanity.
While as an actor I can never truly feel what these people felt, it is so important to me that it is never forgotten and I believe ‘The Burying Party’ supersedes many other films of its kind in portraying that world for how it was- with no romantic or melancholic sentimentality but grittily with the acrimony and trepidation that pervaded the zeitgeist of Britain in the 1910s.
Despite the intensive hours and daunting challenge we had taken on, the process was hugely enjoyable and not only am I immensely proud of the collective effort that has gone in to the project, but I believe at this early stage as though we’ve got something very special on our hands in this film.
- Will Burren, October 29th 2017
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Meurig Marshall (DOP), Richard Weston (Director), Sid Phoenix (Siegfried Sassoon), Matthew Staite (Wilfred Owen), Will Burren (Robert Graves)
Wilfred Owen films are hard to come by and it is difficult to see why. Perhaps the question should more be why aren’t there many films about World War 1 period? As the marketers busily rewrap the rather excellent Dunkirk for the DVD market place, it is apparent that WW2 seems to be a better economic risk for mainstream film-makers.