Burn Burn Burn

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United Kingdom | 2015 | 106 minutes | Chanya Button

June 18, 2016

SIFF Cinema Uptown | Best of SIFF 2016
A female buddy-comedy road trip, aptly named after an excerpt from Kerouac's "On the Road," Burn Burn Burn joins Seph (Laura Carmichael of "Downton Abbey") and Alex (Chloe Pirrie, Youth) as they stow their late friend's ashes in Tupperware and take off to fulfill his last wishes of being scattered across the UK. 

With her first feature Burn Burn Burn, director Chanya Button takes us on a delightful road trip, where Laura Carmichael ("Downton Abbey," Madame Bovary) and Chloe Pirrie (Youth) are Seph and Alex, two friends in their late 20s who just lost their best friend Dan (Jack Farthing, The Riot Club). He was funny, charming, and the life and soul of the party, and they loved him like a brother; now all they have left is his ashes and a USB key he left them, asking them to take him on their ultimate trip to spread his remains in the places that made him the person he was. Button's film is a hymn to friendship, love, and the possible absurdities of life—and, most important, a funny and touching homage to freedom and to the one who wrote about it best, Jack Kerouac: "The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but Burn, Burn, Burn."

Director Biography
Chanya Button started out working as an assistant director on large-scale feature films while still in education, and at 18 won a place on the Royal Court's Young Writers Programme. Chanya has since worked extensively across both the theater and film industries, blending creating her own work with working on prestigious larger-scale projects.

  • Director: Chanya Button
  • Principal Cast: Laura Carmichael, Chloe Pirrie, Jack Farthing, Joe Dempsie, Alison Steadman
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Year: 2015
  • Running Time: 106 minutes
  • Awards: British Independent Film Awards 2016 (Raindance Discovery Nominee)
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: English