KAJAKI. The True Story – an inspiring account of a shocking episode in recent British war history – will be launched with a London World Premiere on November 12, followed by a series of special, regional screenings attended by the filmmakers, cast and the real-life current and ex military service personnel whose story the film tells. These screenings, in advance of the film’s nationwide release exclusively through Vue Cinemas on November 28th, will raise funds for four military charities supported by the production.
KAJAKI. The True Story’s World Premiere will take place at the Vue West End cinema in London’s Leicester Square on November 12th. Advance preview screenings will follow at Vue cinemas in Edinburgh (November 17th), Glasgow (18th), Leeds (24th) and Bristol (25th), attended by the filmmakers, actors from the film and their real life counterparts from those cities.
John de Chane, Vue Head of Marketing said: “We are honoured to be screening KAJAKI. The True Story exclusively at Vue Entertainment nationwide. The premiere and special screenings in advance of the film’s nationwide release will raise funds for four military charities and we’re thrilled these will also be attended by the filmmakers and actors from the film, as well as the actors’ real life counterparts. Our state-of-the-art, fully-digital screens and our comfortable stadium-style seating will provide an unrivalled viewing experience for this tense war thriller.”
KAJAKI. The True Story is directed by Paul Katis, written by Tom Williams, and produced by Andrew de Lotbinière and Paul Katis with Gareth Ellis-Unwin of Bedlam (BAFTA and Academy Award® winner for The King’s Speech) one of the Executive Producers.
“There has not been a war movie depicting British soldiers in true events from any conflict since the Second World War seventy years ago. We set out to rectify that with a film that depicts the experiences of soldiers in Afghanistan as they themselves remember. The film is an honest and genuine retelling of an unbelievable true story that sets your pulse racing. It is also a heartfelt tribute to the young men who risk everything for us,” said Katis.
“Through November we remember those that have made the ultimate sacrifice in service of their country. As our troops withdraw from Afghanistan this year, I hope our film goes some small way to acknowledge the bravery displayed there and the ongoing need for continued recognition and support,” said Ellis-Unwin at a recent BFI London Film Festival event.
The script was developed by Katis and Williams and is based on extensive interviews with the soldiers involved, the family of Corporal Wright and on the army’s Board of Enquiry report into the incident.
All revenue from ticket sales for the Premiere and pre-release screenings, and a portion of the profits from the film’s subsequent release, will benefit equally four military charities – Help for Heroes, The Royal British Legion, Walking With the Wounded and The Hashemite Commission for Disabled Soldiers.