Karl Fitzgerald is one of our 30×30 exhibition artists, and in this series of showcases we aim to show and tell you a little more about the artist, their work and why they chose the film they will be creating work for.

Hamburger Hill (1987)

Film Synopsis

A brutal and realistic war film focuses on the lives of a squad of 14 U.S. Army soldiers of B Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infanty Regiment, 101st Airborne Division during the brutal 10 day (May 11-20, 1969) battle for Hill 937 in the A Shau Valley of Vietnam as they try again and again to take the fortified hill held by the North Vietnamese, and the faults and casualties they take every time in which the battle was later dubbed “Hamburger Hill” because enemy fire was so fierce that the fusillade of bullets turned assaulting troops into shreded hamburger meat.

About the Artist

Karl Fitzgerald is a London based illustrator specialising in alternate movie posters. He focuses on capturing the overall atmosphere of a film or specific scene, and the characters relationship to the environments.

Why did you choose that film?

Hamburger Hill is deeply distressing and intense. There were many overwhelming action scenes to chose from, but instead, I decided to illustrate the effect of war on the character. For me, the darker scenes from the film revealing emotional breakdown and mental struggle were more impactful than the shootouts.

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Some teases from Karl’s piece below.