Comedy road-movie Burn Burn Burn has been announced as part of the BFI London Film Festival’s feature film lineup. It will be the feature’s world festival premiere and Chanya Button’s directorial debut.
The feature was supported via the Creative England Production Fund, which aims to invest in and support feature films across all genres that have a strong regional voice. The fund has also supported projects such as 45 Years, Hustler’s Convention and She Who Brings Gifts.
Shot over a five week period, Burn Burn Burn covers impressive regional mileage; filming on numerous locations from Glastonbury and London all the way to York as well covering ground in Loch Lomond and Cardiff.
Richard Holmes, Senior Film Executive at Creative England said: “Chanya, Charlie and their fantastic producers Daniel-Konrad Cooper and Tim Phillips are a remarkable team – a totally commited, driven and witty group of filmmakers.
“Spanning as it does much of the country they managed the logistics without a fuss and that allowed the creative team to deliver this emotional, funny and energetic comedy in spades.”
Chanya and writer Charlie Covell developed Burn Burn Burn together after making their first short film Frog/Robot together in 2011. A RADA and Royal Court Young Writers’ Programme graduate, Chanya has made a number of short films including Fire for Film London and sci fi short Alpha : Omega for Pinewood Studios, whilst Charlie Covell has also written for Channel 4’s comedy series Banana. Inspired by their pair’s own friendship, Burn Burn Burn film follows two women in their late twenties, as they embark on a road trip to spread the tupperware sealed, glove-box-contained ashes of their recently deceased friend, Dan.
Burn Burn Burn has attracted a fantastic home-grown cast led by Laura Carmichael (Downton Abbey) and Chloe Pirrie (Shell, BIFA Best Newcomer) and Jack Farthing (Poldark). Other cast includes Joe Dempsie (Skins, Game of Thrones), Alice Lowe (Sightseers), Alison Steadman, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Sally Phillips, Hannah Arterton and Nigel Planer.
Chanya Button, Director of Burn Burn Burn said: “Burn Burn Burn was a joy to make, from start to finish, and has affirmed my passion for making films in the UK. Creative England encouraged our belief that the British regions could become a vibrant and essential character in the film, and on behalf of the fund Richard Holmes provided a uniquely supportive launchpad for our cast and crew to offer exceptional talent and dedication to their work. As filmmakers we were inspired by brilliant US voices speaking to our generation with work like Lena Dunham’s Girls, Broad City, and Transparent, and very much see our film as a British response to that. Allbeit with a significant dose of distinctive British dark humour!”
The film is represented for international sales by Urban Distribution International, with support from Goldfinch Entertainment.
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