WESTERMARCK

client:

BJARNE WESTERMARCKIN PERINNEYHDISTYS

& jÄRVENPÄÄN KAUPUNKI - 2018

THE STORY

The production of this Documentary began in 2017. We were approached by a local historian Tuula Siltasaari from Järvenpää city. She wanted to tell a story of an important local character from Järvenpää’s history named Bjarne Westermarck. He was the reason that Järvenpää began growing from a small agricultural village to the city it is today. Bjarne was also a great benefactor of the industrialisation of agriculture in Finland in the early 20th century. 

 

We shot Westermarck in 2018. We really wanted to combine elements of both historically accurate reenactments and traditional documentaries. Therefore we shot five fictional scenes about the important moments in Bjarne Westermarck’s life. The scenes were shot in the real locations where Bjarne worked and spent his life. Bjarne’s life had never been documented before, not even in literature before this film. We have to thank Tuula Siltasari for her passion to tell this particular story.

 

This documentary was a real turning point for our team, since this was our first large film production. One would argue that this kind of work is the reason that we do what we do. 

 

It was a pleasure to work with Tuula Siltasari and her association, and with a local film company White Cloud, where the film's screenwriter Amanda Lehtola works. The funding of the film was provided by the city of Järvenpää, and their assistance made this production possible. 

Cast

 

Joonas Kuokkanen - Bjarne Westermarck

Antti Ahonen - Matti Uusitalo

Kaj Kuosmanen - Hannes Gebhard

Erkki Nikkanen - Kyösti Kallio

Marika Sampio-Utriainen - Alfhild Westermarck

Sami Saukkoriipi - Anton Westermarck

Marjukka Savolainen - Venny Soldan-Brofeldt

Tuula Siltasaari - Self

Hannu Huvinen - Self

Erkki Kukkonen - Self

CREW

 

Director: Ossi Kallio

Screenwriter: Amanda Lehtola

Producer: Olli Kasper

Cinematographer: Ossi Kallio

Editors: Riina Saltiola, Ossi Kallio

Sound design: Jaanis Hållman

Composer: Harri Vuori

Production design: Arto Kultalahti

Costume designer: Olli Kasper

Gaffer: Pyry Aitamurto

Camera assistant: Sakari Mäkelä

Best boy: Arto Kultalahti

Grade: Ossi Kallio, Sakari Mäkelä

Catering: Helena Mäkelä

Production assistants: Isa Nurmi, Laura Niininen

Making of: Amanda Lehtola, Arto Kultalahti