Kajaki (film)

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Kajaki: The True Story
Kajaki poster.jpg
UK theatrical release poster
Directed by Paul Katis
Produced by
  • Paul Katis
  • Andrew de Lotbinière
Written by Tom Williams
Starring David Elliot
Cinematography Chris Goodger
Edited by Brin
Production
companies
  • Pukka Films
Distributed by Alchemy Releasing
Release date
  • 12 November 2014 (2014-11-12) (Premiere)
  • 28 November 2014 (2014-11-28)
Running time
108 minutes[1]
Country
  • United Kingdom
  • Jordan
Language English
Box office $7,891[2]

Kajaki: The True Story, released in North America as Kilo Two Bravo,[3] is a 2014 British war docu-drama film directed by Paul Katis, written by Tom Williams, and produced by Katis and Andrew de Lotbiniere.

The plot is based on the true story of Mark Wright and of a small unit of British soldiers positioned near the Kajaki dam, in Afghanistan.

Plot[edit]

A three-man patrol sets out to disable a Taliban roadblock. In a dried out river bed at the foot of the ridge, one of the patrol, Stu Hale, detonates a land mine, blowing off his leg and setting into motion a desperate rescue mission. His fellow soldiers come to his aid, only to find themselves trapped in an unmarked minefield, a relic of the Soviet campaign in the 1980s. With no way out, any movement risks certain injury and possible death. Out of this harrowing day came extraordinary tales of bravery, selflessness and heroism, but also tragic consequences, for leader Corporal Mark Wright and his comrades, who risked their own lives to help each other.[4]

Cast[edit]

  • David Elliot as Mark Wright
  • Mark Stanley as Tug
  • Scott Kyle as Stu Pearson
  • Benjamin O'Mahony as Stuart Hale
  • Bryan Parry as Jonesy
  • Liam Ainsworth as Ken Barlow
  • Ali Cook as Spud McMellon
  • Andy Gibbins as Smudge
  • Grant Kilburn as Alex Craig
  • John Doughty as Dave Prosser
  • Jon-Paul Bell as Luke Mauro
  • Malachi Kirby as Snoop
  • Paul Luebke as Jay Davis
  • Ryan W. Sadi as Kyle Minchew
  • Robert Mitchell as Faz
  • Thomas Davison as Jarhead
  • Abe Dababneh as Kajaki Jon
  • Felipe Cabezas as Kajaki Mike
  • Hazem Alagha as Steven "Bombhead" Watson

Production[edit]

The film was shot on location at Al Kaferin Dam, Jordan, as a stand-in for Afghanistan.

Release[edit]

Kajaki premiered on 12 November 2014 at London's Leicester Square and was attended by cast, crew and Veterans. The film was released in the United Kingdom on 28 November 2014 before being released in the United States nearly a year later on 13 November 2015.

Critical reception[edit]

The film received positive reviews from critics. It currently holds a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 28 reviews, with an average rating of 7.6/10. The 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."[5]

Accolades[edit]

Award Date of ceremony Category Recipients and nominees Result
British Academy Film Awards[6] 8 February 2015 Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer Paul Katis (director/producer), Andrew de Lotbinière (producer) Nominated
British Independent Film Awards[7] 6 December 2015 Producer of the Year Paul Katis (director/producer), Andrew de Lotbinière (producer) Won
BAFTA Scotland Awards[8] 15 November 2015 Best Actor in Film David Elliot Won

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