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Kajaki (film)

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Kajaki: The True Story
UK theatrical release poster
Directed byPaul Katis
Written byTom Williams
Produced by
  • Paul Katis
  • Andrew de Lotbinière
StarringDavid Elliot
CinematographyChris Goodger
Edited byBrin
Pukka Films
Distributed byAlchemy Releasing
Release dates
  • 12 November 2014 (2014-11-12) (Premiere)[1][2]
  • 28 November 2014 (2014-11-28)[3]
Running time
108 minutes[4][1]
  • United Kingdom
Box office$34,017[4]

Kajaki: The True Story, released in North America as Kilo Two Bravo,[5][6] is a 2014 British war docu-drama film directed by Paul Katis in his feature debut, written by Tom Williams, and produced by Katis and Andrew de Lotbiniere.

The plot is based on the Kajaki Dam incident, involving Mark Wright and a small unit of British soldiers positioned near the Kajaki Dam, in Helmand province, Afghanistan.



The film was shot on location at Al-Kafrein, Jordan, as a stand-in for Afghanistan.[3]


Kajaki premiered on 12 November 2014[1] at London's Vue Cinema in Leicester Square and was attended by cast, crew and veterans.[2] The film was released in the United Kingdom on 28 November 2014[3] and in the United States on 13 November 2015.[5][4]


Box office[edit]

Kajaki grossed $7,891 in the United Kingdom, and $26,126 in other territories for a worldwide total of $34,017.[5][4]

Critical response[edit]

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes it has an approval rating of 100% based on 29 reviews, with an average rating of 7.6/10. The website's critical consensus states: "Kilo Two Bravo honours its fact-based story with an almost unbearably tense drama that captures the horrors -- and the human cost -- of modern warfare."[7]


At the 2015 BAFTA Scotland Awards[8] (ceremony 15 November 2015) David Elliot won as Best Actor in Film. At the 2015 British Independent Film Awards[9] (ceremony 6 December 2015) Paul Katis (director/producer) and Andrew de Lotbinière (producer) won as Producer of the Year for work on this film and were also nominated at the 2015 British Academy Film Awards[10] (ceremony 8 February 2015) as Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer.


  1. ^ a b c "KAJAKI THE TRUE STORY (15)". British Board of Film Classification. 7 November 2014. Retrieved 4 January 2016.
  2. ^ a b ""Kajaki: The True Story" - UK Premiere - Red Carpet Arrivals". Getty Images. 12 November 2014. Retrieved 11 July 2020.
  3. ^ a b c "'KAJAKI The True Story' Returns to Jordan". gov.uk. 16 March 2015. Retrieved 11 July 2020.
  4. ^ a b c d "Kilo Two Bravo (2015)". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved 11 July 2020.
  5. ^ a b c "Kajaki (2015) - Financial Information". The Numbers. Nash Information Services, LLC. Retrieved 11 July 2020.
  6. ^ McNary, Dave (9 September 2015). "Toronto: War Story 'Kilo Two Bravo' Set for November U.S. Release". Variety. Retrieved 11 July 2020.
  7. ^ "Kilo Two Bravo (2015)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved 3 January 2021.
  8. ^ "Winners of the British Academy Scotland Awards 2015 Unveiled". www.bafta.org. 15 November 2015.
  9. ^ "Winners' Area · BIFA · British Independent Film Awards". BIFA · British Independent Film Awards. 7 December 2018.
  10. ^ "Nominations Announced for the EE British Academy Film Awards in 2015". 9 January 2015. Retrieved 11 January 2015.

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