Turned Towards the Sun
NOminated for the bfi grierson/best documentary award
If the astonishing true-life story of British writer and poet Micky Burn MC had been written as a novel, readers would readily accept it as invented. Born in Mayfair in 1912, his father worked for the Royal family. He became the lover of the communist spy Guy Burgess, and would initially be taken in by Nazism, expressing an admiration for Hitler. In 1942, he took part in a daring commando assault on the fortified French port of St Nazaire, where he was captured, and he ended the war a POW in Colditz. He would latterly become a committed Marxist and be credited with saving the life of Audrey Hepburn. American director Greg Olliver, who has previously documented the life of rock star Lemmy, started making this film in 2008, revisiting significant events and places in Burn s life. Burn is presented here as a candid and witty raconteur, with a sharp mind and vivid recollections. He died in 2010, which leaves Turned Towards the Sun as a fitting eulogy to a remarkable figure.
Turned Towards the Sun was shot between 2008 and 2011 in the UK, Wales, France and Germany and first premiered at the BFI London Film Festival in 2012 where it was nominated for the Grierson Award/ Best Documentary. It was produced independently through Greg Olliver’s production company Secret Weapon Films with financing from friends and family only. It sat quietly on a shelf for a couple years, as many documentaries do, and finally had an offer for distribution in the UK via Matchbox Films – just in time for the 70th Anniversary of VE Day. If you live in the UK you can find it on Amazon or iTunes UK.
Written, Directed & Produced by Greg Olliver
Cinematography & Editing by Greg Olliver
Original Score by Academy Award Nominated Composer J. Ralph
Available on Amazon and via Matchbox Films in the UK
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