Next year marks the 100th anniversary of Wilfred Owen’s death and independent producers Sine Wave Media is raising funds to commemorate Owen’s last year with a film about his final year before his eventual death, one week before the Armistice. —
The film will chart the extraordinary final year of a man who is generally regarded as Britain’s finest war poet. In that year, the 25-year-old was party to some of the most influential literary figures of his generation, Scott Moncrieff, Robbie Ross, his mentor Siegfried Sassoon and HG Wells.
After convalescing with Sassoon at Craiglockhart Hospital near Edinburgh due to shell shock, he resolved to return to the front against Sassoon’s advice. It is generally thought that 2nd Lieutenant Owen needed to justify the impact of his poetry and quickly attained the Military Medal (awarded posthumously) for his actions at the Battle of Joncourt a month before his death.
Award winning Sine Wave, based in Prenton have two ex-Birkenhead Institute old boys, Neil Perriam and Keith Thompson in their ranks and theme music is being supplied by another alumni of one Owen’s two former schools, Sean Pugh.
Director, Richard Weston said: “£15k is needed in order to pay actors and crew properly and Director, The team want to film as much as possible around the Sambre-Oise canal where Wilfred spent his final days. One scene will depict the writing of the final letter to his mother along with 15 other soldiers in a cramped cellar at a Forester’s House. This story needs to be taught well and with the utmost respect to the man himself."
Last year saw the commemorations for the Battle of the Somme. Owen took part in the latter part of this vital conflict, culminating in an attack on the established emplacements of the Germans near Ors some 18 months later. It was here that he lost his life after he and his platoon were exposed by rising mist on the early morning of November 4th. His mother received the news of his death on Armistice Day.
Sine Wave have already won a series of industry awards for feature films, The Young (Director Richard Weston was only 18 when this was acclaimed) , Precipice Hours and others. Links to the funding can be found on The Burying Party Facebook site www.facebook.com/theburyingparty and also at the Crowdfunding Site
Release ID: 180182