Adapted from 'Woyzeck', Georg Buchner's unfinished 19th century masterpiece, 'The Fool's Burden' follows the fortunes of a low-ranking police officer stationed in a remote Cumbrian village with Marie, the mother of his child. He earns extra money performing menial tasks for the local priest, but is troubled by the photographic work of a pioneering criminologist: criminals, it seems, can be identified and categorised by the shape of their face. Marie begins to grow tired of Woyzeck and finds herself drawn to another local officer. Woyzeck confronts the officer, but is humiliated. With the arrival of a travelling fair, Woyzeck is caught in a struggle with his own destiny.
Filmed throughout June, both on location and in our own green-screen studio, 'The Fool's Burden' is an ambitious film project drawing on the combined talents of over 40 students. With specially commissioned Bunraku puppets created by Raven Kaliana and music from the Rubber Duck Orchestra, it promises an entirely original cinematic experience.
Come to our world premiere on Thursday 17th October: