31 North 62 East

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31 North 62 East
31North62East2009Poster.jpg
UK poster
Directed by Tristan Loraine
Produced by Tristan Loraine
Starring John Rhys-Davies
Marina Sirtis
Edited by Tristan Loraine
Release date(s)
  • 19 September 2009 (2009-09-19)
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget US$ 3.1 million

Coordinates: 31°00′N 62°00′E / 31.00°N 62.00°E / 31.00; 62.00 31 North 62 East is an independent psychological thriller film released in September 2009. The title refers to a position in south-western Afghanistan near the Iranian border.

It was written by brothers Leofwine Loraine and Tristan Loraine with the first draft of the screen play being completed on 2 May 2008. Principal photography commenced on 21 July 2008 with Tristan Loraine as director and producer.[1] The film cast includes John Rhys-Davies, Marina Sirtis, Heather Peace and Craig Fairbrass.

The production company was Fact Not Fiction Films and the director of photography was Sue Gibson, president of the British Society of Cinematographers (BSC).

The film music was composed by Paul Garbutt and David Leo Kemp and also includes an appearance by New Zealand born violinist/composer Fiona Pears.

Plot[edit]

31 North 62 East tells the story of a British Prime Minister who gives up the position of an Special Air Service (SAS) unit in Afghanistan to ensure a UK £80 billion arms deal goes through, assuring his re-election. All soldiers in the SAS unit are thought to have died, until two months later, when one of them, a female captain, is found by Italian special forces and returns to the UK to investigate.

Cast[edit]

  • John Rhys-Davies ... John Hammond
  • Marina Sirtis ... Sarah Webber
  • Heather Peace ... Jill and Kimberly Mandelson
  • Craig Fairbrass ... Major Paul Davidson
  • Nathalia Ramos ... Rachel
  • George Calil ... Jacob
  • Dhaffer L'Abidine ... Thierry Leroy
  • Ian Lavender ... John Mandelson
  • Mimi Ferrer ... Hafida
  • Kulvinder Ghir ... Tariq Malim
  • Elaine Tan ... Mai Li
  • Andrew Bicknell ... Raymond Burton-Smith
  • Ian Aspinall ... Kaleef
  • Johnny Palmiero ... 1st Italian Soldier
  • Kate Ambler ... 2nd Female Newsreader
  • Kammy Darweish ... Sheik Kaseem
  • Jim Alexander ... Gino Ravelli
  • Louis Decosta Johnson ... Captain Tate
  • JC Mac ... Private Frank Matthews
  • Aurélie Bargème ... Corine Perret
  • Tristan Loraine ... Bodyguard
  • Chico Slimani ... Luigi
  • Angela Dixon ... Camilla Jones
  • Omar Mostafa ... Assad
  • Houda Echouafni ... Jasmine
  • Emma Carr ... Waitress 2
  • Debbie King ... 1st Female Newsreader
  • Steven Rhys Lewis ... Paul
  • Richard Matthews ... Sergeant Tom Meadows
  • Lee Godfrey ... Mac
  • Adrian Goulder ... Bodyguard
  • Mohammed Nawafleh ... Informant in Shop
  • Kate Garbutt ... Waitress
  • Ray Ambler ... Alan
  • Emil Hajj ... Aaqib
  • Leofwine Loraine ... Claude Dumont
  • Kevin Pearce ... Tariq's Driver
  • Yousef Hassam Al-Ktlsaba ... Freedom Fighter Mountains 1
  • Melissa Bennet ... Delivery Girl
  • Chris Goulder ... Bodyguard
  • Gráinne Gillis ... Sinead
  • Mike Watson-Jones ... Jerry Cartwright
  • Mahmmod Mahammed Al Nasahat ... Beirut Musician 1
  • Fiona Pears ... Herself
  • Emma Grimer ... Special Ops Officer
  • Soloman Ali Helelat ... Shop Keeper
  • Darren Worsfold ... Policeman 2
  • Ray Cezan ... Delivery Van Driver
  • Kirstin Ahmed ... Kalika
  • Mazin Azri Al Hammadin ... Freedom Fighter Desert 1
  • Juan Carlos Ramos ... Miguel Ramos
  • Christopher Simpson ... Chris
  • Dennis James Manning ... Policeman 1
  • Greg Snowden ... James
  • Jason Nicoli ... 2nd Italian Soldier
  • Richard Hills ... Special Ops Officer
  • Jebheel Mohammed Saleih ... Beirut Musician 2
  • Ibrahem Sleman Khawaldeh ... Freedom Fighter Mountains 3
  • Hameed Ali Al Nawafleh ... Freedom Fighter Desert 2
  • Brad Bennetts ... Jacko
  • Emad Salem Maaneh ... Freedom Fighter Mountains 2
  • Ian Tilley ... Himself
  • Anthony Herbert ... Jerry Morrison
  • David Seagrave ... Postman

Filming[edit]

British filming began on 21 July 2008 in Horsham followed by various locations in West Sussex and was completed on schedule on 2 September 2008. This was followed by Jordanian filming which was completed in late September 2008. Filming was done using digital cinematography by way of a 4k Thomson Viper camera recording onto HDCAM SR tape. The film then went in to post production, and was released in the UK in September 2009.

Reception[edit]

Initial reception for the film was mixed. Press screenings shown in September 2009 produced mixed reviews. "Edgy political thriller - A film unafraid to confront the decisions made by the powers that be."[2] "The over all acting is poor, the characters are two dimensional leaving you with no empathy for the key players and the story line is fragmented. One is left with the feeling that the budget should have been used on acting school for the players and training for the director rather than on helicopter and fancy car hire."[3] "This film is a testament to the spirit of the independent scene. - Stunning story told with courage and heart."[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "31 North 62 East (Too Close to the Truth)". rotten tomtoes. Retrieved 28 May 2012. 
  2. ^ Woodward, Adam (2009-09-18), "31 North 62 East", Little White Lies (London), retrieved 2012-07-12 
  3. ^ Porter, Edward (2009-09-20), "31 North 62 East", The Times (London), retrieved 2009-09-21 
  4. ^ Lyus, Jon (2009-09-17), "31 North 62 East", Hey U Guys (London), retrieved 2012-07-12 

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