‘White Queen’ Star Max Irons Finishes Ukraine Shoot for ‘Devil’s Harvest’

'White Queen' Star Max Irons Finishes

George Mendeluk's pic stars Samantha Barks, Barry Pepper, Terence Stamp

LONDON — Principal photography has wrapped in Kiev, Ukraine, on George Mendeluk’s epic romance “The Devil’s Harvest,” which stars Max Irons (“The White Queen”).

Pic is an action-packed, dramatic tale of love and the importance of family, set against the backdrop of political upheaval in 1930s Ukraine. It features an ensemble cast that includes Samantha Barks (“Les Miserables”), Barry Pepper (“Saving Private Ryan”) and Terence Stamp (“The Adjustment Bureau”).

Pic centers on Yuri (Irons), an artistic soul born into a family of Cossack warriors, who struggles to win the approval of his grandfather Ivan (Stamp) and father Yaroslav (Pepper), and to win the heart of Natalka (Barks). He finds his life changed forever with the invasion of the Red Army, and the subsequent persecution of his family and fellow countrymen as Stalin’s regime of terror extends across Eastern Europe.

Mendeluk co-wrote the screenplay alongside Richard Bachynsky Hoover, from Hoover’s original story. Mendeluk produces with Jaye Gazeley and Chad Barager. Camilla Storey co-produces. Ian Ihnatowycz and Hoover are executive producers.

Mendeluk said: “I grew up with my mother describing how she and her family survived the terror of the Holodymor — the engineered famine/genocide wrought by Stalin in Ukraine — where 7 million perished at a time when the world looked the other way. As you see in today’s media, his long shadow still affects Ukraine today, but our story is essentially one of love triumphing over all that life throws at it.”

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  1. Our film Bitter Harvest just confirmed a USA deal a few days ago also in Variety. it will be released early fisrt quarter of 2017 for theatrical screen,and other venues of distribution with Roadside Attractions ,under Lionsgate distribution -indy film umbrella .Please see our important film,,the truth is in the story about Stalins genocidal Holodomor crime1928-33 against Ukraine and relevant to todays Russian backed separatist terrorist war against Ukraine with Russia and Putin at the helm.
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  2. The film THE DEVILS HARVEST is getting some real hgh end editing at the famous Pinewood Studios in London with Stuard Baird on board ,,credits -,SKYFALL- CASINO ROYALE -LETHAL WEAPON – SUPERMAN -THE OMEN -GORILLAS IN THE MIST,,MANYMORE THAT STUART HAS PUT HIS MAGIC TOUCH ON THAT HAVE BEEN BOX OFFICE HITS.

    • WEll thats film at times ,as were releasing the film 2016 Spring ,,maybe Berlin Fim Festival as well,,We have done huge post production and extended the scenes in battle etc..to have an epic appeal for the masses to get their bang for their buck as well,,this history of Ukraines genocide Holodmor desreves nothing less!! Trailers on YOUTUBE BITTER HARVEST ,,thank you all! support Ukraine !!

    • Richard Bachynsky Hoover says:

      Dear Variety ,,thanks for the wriet up ,but we have cahnged the name to Bitter Harvest ,,at it screened at the AFM yesterday,,is it possible to reannounce the story with our new title Bitter Harvest ? Spotlight Pictures picked up the 21 mil,film on behalf of our new production company ANDAMAR ENT.I myself was the executive producer Ukraine and original screenwriter story creator .I am seeking new projects now as well to shoot in Ukraine for such a much lower cost than most locations globally .Ukraine has amazing stunning film locations and the crews and post production and production houses are professional as it gets .The architecture of Kiev and Liviv Kharkiv Chernivtsi ,the awsome Carpathian Mountains or wherever .,,Ukraine is very cost effective and needs the bussinness now after hard times last two years with Russian invasion with terrorist in then far east regions

      .That has settled down and they have pulled out mostly so its very safe in the central and west , southern port cities such as Odessa,,,wow ! thats a magnificent shooting location as well as Kyiv of course ,where I am now writing outside my window over the stunning golden domed churches of this beautiful ancient city and I have lived 1here 10 years raising my little boy for 7 years now here. ..Please if you can mention The Devils Harvest is retitled “Biiter Harvest” I would appreciate that very much. waiting for graet news I hope from the AFM screening,,Im on needles and pins so excited half a world away from AFM SANTA MONICA California ,

      THANKS SO MUCH FOR SUPORTING UKRAINE AS WELL IN YOUR WRITE UPS ,,ITS MY GREATEST AGENDA .,,TO HAV EMORE FILMS SHOT HERE FOR UKRAINES TALENTED FILM INDUSTRY WHO NEED PRODUCTIONS TO CONTINUE THEIR DREAMS AS ARTIST FOR THEIR COUNTRY .

      I HAVE ALL THE MAJOR BEST FILM RESOURCES HERE WILLING TO WORK THROUGH ME AS A BRIDGE PRODUCER TO THE WEST.ENGLISH IS NOT A PROBLEM HERE ,,MANY SPEAK IT NOW IN FILM AS THEY HAVE SHOT WITH THE EUROPEAN AND WESTERN FILM PRODUCERS OVER MANY YEARS AND HAVE GAINED SO MUCH SO FAST IN FILMING ,,ITS AMAZING TRULY. .

      Thanks again Variety! your the best on line film industry website truly!

      regards

      Screen Writer for Bitter Harvest
      Executive Producer Ukraine .

      . Richard Bachynsky Hoover

  3. This correction I wrote ear;lier note – add my last name Hoover not just Bachynsky is related to my story and script credits correctly please for The Devils Harvest feature film to released this year .2014-Thank you
    Richard Bachynsky Hoover-Kiev Ukraine
    Please feel free to contact me personally .
    email-goldentridentfilms@gmail.com

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