First Look Photo Revealed As Shooting Wraps On Ben Parker’s BURIAL Starring Charlotte Vega, Tom Felton And Harriet Walter
SHOOTING WRAPS ON BEN PARKER’S WWII THRILLER
STARRING CHARLOTTE VEGA, TOM FELTON AND HARRIET WALTER
IFC MIDNIGHT TAKES NORTH AMERICAN RIGHTS
Principal photography has completed on BURIAL, the second feature from British writer/director Ben Parker (THE CHAMBER), produced by Matthew James Wilkinson (MUSCLE) for Stigma Films and backed by ALTITUDE MEDIA GROUP.
A fictional thriller, BURIAL follows a small group of Russian soldiers on a secret mission to transport Hitler’s body out of enemy territory and back to Russia. It stars Charlotte Vega (WRONG TURN, WARRIOR NUN), Tom Felton (HARRY POTTER FRANCHISE, RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES), Harriet Walter (‘KILLING EVE’, ‘THE CROWN’), Barry Ward (JIMMY’S HALL, MAZE), Bill Milner (iBOY, ANTHROPOID), Dan Skinner (THE GHOUL, HIGH-RISE), Niall Murphy (DEAD ALONG THE WAY, ‘STANDING UP’) and David Alexander (MY DINNER WITH HERVÉ, KILLERS ANONYMOUS).
BURIAL was shot on location near Tallinn in Estonia, where dense forests and abandoned buildings helped create the perfect post-war setting. The film is financed by; Headgear, ALTITUDE MEDIA GROUP and Ffilm Cymru Wales (with funding from the National Lottery), alongside equity partners Ali Cook, MBK IP Ltd and Fields Park. Also producing are Paul Higgins (RARE BEASTS, SUBMARINE) for Fields Park and Ivo Felt (TANGERINES, THE FENCER) of Allfilm. Executive produced by Hugh Spearing (THE CHAMBER). Film Estonia are the cash rebate provider.
Charlotte Vega as Brana Vasilyeva in BURIAL
Altitude Film Sales is handling International sales with IFC Midnight recently boarding the project for North America. Other confirmed distributors include Portugal (Nos), Baltics (Latvian Theatrical Distr), Indonesia (PT Prima), South Korea (Noori), Vietnam (Media Film International), Middle East (Phars).
Set in the last days of WWII, BURIAL tells the fictional story of a small band of Russian soldiers led by intelligence officer Brana Vasilyeva who is tasked with trafficking the remains of Hitler back to Stalin in Russia.
En route, the unit is attacked by German ‘Werewolf’ partisans and picked off one-by-one. Brana leads her surviving comrades in a last stand to ensure their ‘cargo’ doesn’t fall into the hands of those who would see it buried in order to hide the truth forever.
Ben Parker is a British screenwriter and director based in North London. His debut feature THE CHAMBER starred Johannes Kuhnke (FORCE MAJEURE) as a submarine pilot trying to retrieve a US military drone from the seabed off the coast of North Korea and was released by STUDIOCANAL. Recently Parker was writer and exec-producer on Travis Steven’s horror GIRL ON THE THIRD FLOOR and he currently has multiple projects for film and television in development.
Working alongside Ben Parker and producers are director of photography Rein Kotov E.S.C, production designer Jaagup Roomet, costume designer Pille Küngas and key hair & make-up Kaire Hendrikson.
About ALTITUDE MEDIA GROUP
Altitude Media Group is the independent UK based studio led by Will Clarke chairman and joint-CEO with Andy Mayson, comprising of Altitude Film Production, Altitude Film Sales with Managing Director Mike Runagall, Altitude Film Distribution with Managing Director Hamish Moseley and Altitude Factual with Managing Director Paul Sowerbutts. In February 2020 US based investment group 30WEST took a significant minority stake in the group.
Altitude Film Sales’ slate includes: ALI & AVA written and directed by Clio Barnard; FAITHFULL directed by Ian Bonhote, starring Lucy Boynton; SON, Ivan Kavanagh’s horror starring Andi Matichak and Emile Hirsch; DATING AMBER, directed by David Freyne and starring Fionn O’Shea, Lola Petticrew, Barry Ward and Sharon Horgan; Action thriller SAS: RED NOTICE directed by Magnus Marten and starring Sam Heughan, Ruby Rose, Andy Serkis, Hannah John-Kamen, Tom Hopper and Tom Wilkinson; THE POWER by BAFTA-nominated writer-director Corinna Faith and starring Rose Williams; BLACK WATER ABYSS directed by Andrew Traucki; feature documentary BILLIE directed by award-winning filmmaker James Erskine and produced by Victoria Gregory and Barry Clark-Ewers; ROCKS, directed by Sarah Gavron which received its World Premiere as the opening gala for Toronto’s director driven Platform selection; CHASING CHAPLIN from BAFTA and Sundance nominated filmmakers Peter Middleton and James Spinney; and survival thriller GREAT WHITE directed by Martin Wilson.
About STIGMA FILMS
Producer Matthew James Wilkinson runs Stigma Films a film & television production company. In 2012, the company signed a 1st look deal with Pathe UK to develop high concept genre features for an international audience. Their first feature was sci-fi actioner, THE CALL UP. Stigma has since made eight features, including contained thriller, KALEIDOSCOPE, starring Toby Jones and Anne Reid; Simon Bird’s feature debut, DAYS OF THE BAGNOLD SUMMER, starring Monica Dolan, Earl Cave, Rob Brydon, Alice Lowe and Tim Key; actress Romola Garai’s feature debut, AMULET which premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2020, and Gerard Johnson’s black comedy/thriller, MUSCLE, which played at London Film Festival, and Tallinn Black Nights, winning lead actor Cavan Clerkin a Best Actor Award. Stigma recently produced the BFI-backed ghost story, THE POWER, with writer/director Corinna Faith. In 2020 they shot the heist musical, THE SCORE, starring Johnny Flynn, Naomi Ackie and Will Poulter and they have just wrapped on CURS>R starring Iola Evans, Asa Butterfield and Eddie Marsan.
Matthew also worked on, YESTERDAY, for Working Title Films/Universal. The film was written by Richard Curtis, and directed by Danny Boyle. It has so far made over $150m at the worldwide box office.
Allfilm is an Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated production house operating since 1995.
The company’s scope of activity varies from developing and producing quality features, documentaries and TV series to developing transmedia concepts and producing highly finished commercials. The company also provides production services for international films and commercials.
Over the years Allfilm has produced more than 80 films, including international Co-Productions, and more than 400 commercial films. During the years we have had the honor of working with directors such as Christopher Nolan, Zaza Urushadze, Tanel Toom, Marko Raat, Klaus Harö, Marius Holst, Yoon-Ki Lee and many more.
Today, with a permanent staff of twelve, Allfilm is the largest production company in Estonia with partners in Europe, South-East Asia, Russia and the USA.
About FFILM CYMRU WALES
Ffilm Cymru Wales is the development agency for Welsh film. We are dedicated to advancing and sustaining a strong film industry for Wales; one that we can all be proud to call our own. We do this by providing funding and training to emerging and established Welsh filmmakers, offering exciting cinematic experiences to audiences across Wales, engaging people of all ages and abilities in creative learning, and developing new skills and career paths for people through a range of training programmes. Recent credits include Dream Horse, Censor, Rare Beasts, Eternal Beauty, Six Minutes to Midnight, Ray & Liz, I Am Not a Witch and Ethel & Ernest.
About FIELDS PARK
Fields Park and its founder Paul Higgins have over 30 years' experience in the TV, Film and Media scene in both the UK and Ireland, helping to fund and produce many productions as well as founding and advising media businesses of all forms including Optimum Releasing (now Studiocanal UK), Coco Content (Ireland's leading independent television producer), and Dragon Digital (award-winning post-production house).
Fields Park’s credits include the indie classic SUBMARINE, and the award-winning landmark documentary series 1916: THE IRISH REBELLION and have an active slate of over 20 film and TV projects in various stages of development, production, and release, including RARE BEASTS, ROSE: A LOVE STORY, ETERNAL BEAUTY, NUCLEAR, THE TOLL, GWLEDD, and THE COMPLEX. The scope of these projects ranges from Fields Park’s support of the local media sector and talent in Wales and the UK right through to Hollywood, collaborating with Oscar-winning filmmakers and giants of the global entertainment industry.
BURIAL will be the second feature collaboration of Producers Paul Higgins and Ben Parker, whose previous film THE CHAMBER was developed with Ffilm Cymru Wales.
About IFC MIDNIGHT
Established in 2000 and based in New York City, IFC Films is a leading U.S. distributor of independent film. Its unique distribution model makes independent films available to a national audience by releasing them in theaters as well as on digital and cable’s Video On Demand (VOD) platform, reaching nearly 50 million homes.
Upcoming releases include Josh Ruben’s WEREWOLVES WITHIN (6/25), Neill Blomkamp’s DEMONIC (8/20), and Hannah Bergholm’s HATCHING. Some of the company’s successes have included Andy Nyman’s critical darling GHOST STORIES, André Øvredal’s box-office success THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE, Peter Strickland’s modern giallo BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO, Dave Franco’s THE RENTAL, Natalie Erika James’ RELIC, and the award-winning and cultural phenomenon THE BABADOOK. IFC Midnight is a sister label to IFC Films, and is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc.