★★★★★ Daily Mail
★★★★★ Sunday Express
‘It’s a story so incredible it couldn’t have been made up’ ★★★★– David Edwards, The Mirror
‘Brilliant, powerful, heart-stirring – everyone should see this film’ – Baz Bamigboye, Daily Mail
‘A celebration of heroism and bravery in its purest form’ – Ed Frost, Film3Sixty
Pukka Films is delighted to announce that the BAFTA nominated gritty thriller KAJAKI. The True Story will now be released on DVD and Blu-Ray by Spirit Entertainment on 8th June 2015. VOD release is also planned for 8th June and the EST window a week earlier on 1st June with digital and television rights being managed by The Movie Partnership.
Paul Katis commented: “We are all fantastically excited to be releasing KAJAKI on DVD. We had such a brilliant response from everyone when we released in cinemas and we are hugely proud to have struck a chord with the British public with such an important story. With American military titles coming onto the market we are really pleased that our film can join the military based stories that are in circulation and can represent the British contribution to contemporary campaigns”.
KAJAKI. The True Story is an acclaimed war thriller, recounting an inspiring but shocking episode in recent British war history. The film is directed by Paul Katis and written by Tom Williams, with Gareth Ellis-Unwin of Bedlam (BAFTA and Academy Award® winner for The King’s Speech) serving as one of the Executive Producers. Producers are Paul Katis and Andrew de Lotbinière who were both nominated for Outstanding Debut for KAJAKI at this year’s BAFTAs.
The stand-out British cast is led by David Elliot as Corporal Mark Wright, with Mark Stanley, Scott Kyle, Benjamin O’Mahony, Bryan Parry, Liam Ainsworth, Andy Gibbins, John Doughty, Paul Luebke, Thomas Davison, Grant Kilburn, Robert Mitchell, Jon Paul Bell, Malachi Kirby and Ali Cook.
It opened in November 2014 to endorsements from Afghanistan veterans for its authenticity, and glowing praise from UK press, earning comparisons to The Hurt Locker, and 5-star reviews from the Daily Mail and Sunday Express, and 4-stars from Sunday Times, The Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Financial Times, Mail on Sunday, Daily Express, Daily Mirror, The Sun, Time Out, Empire, The Herald, The Scotsman, Irish Times, Daily Record, Sunday People, Star on Sunday, Zoo, Heat and Grazia. KAJAKI was also named as one of The Guardian Reader’s Top 10 films of 2014.
The film depicts an incident involving a group of soldiers, mostly from the British Army’s 3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment [3 Para], stationed at the Kajaki Dam in Afghanistan in 2006. After one member of a three man patrol detonated a land mine, blowing off his leg, his fellow soldiers rushed to his rescue, only to find themselves trapped in an unmarked minefield, a relic of the Russian invasion of the 1980s, knowing that any movement in and out risked 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.
A portion of the profits from the film’s release are benefitting equally four military charities – Help for Heroes, The Royal British Legion, Walking With the Wounded and The Hashemite Commission for Disabled Soldiers.