"Crowdfunding" hunt launched for movie celebrating heroics of Colchester paras

Gazette: "Crowdfunding" hunt launched for movie celebrating heroics of Colchester paras "Crowdfunding" hunt launched for movie celebrating heroics of Colchester paras

A FILMMAKER needs to raise £100,000 to make a movie to celebrate the heroism of Colchester paratroopers.

Kajaki will tell the story of Corporal Mark Wright, 27, of 3rd Battalion, the Parachute Regiment, who died trying to save soldiers trapped in a minefield in September, 2006.

Its backers have launched a drive to find people to provide the last £100,000.

Kajaki, billed as a modern war movie, aims to celebrate the heroism of Britain’s forces in Afghanistan.

Director Paul Katis said the film, due to be released next November, would not focus on the wider controversy of the conflict.

He said: “It is about ordinary guys who have to learn to be paras. They suddenly find themselves in Afghanistan where their mettle is tested, and that’s intrinsically interesting.

We know hardly anything about what a soldier’s life is like.”

Mr Katis came up with the idea after shooting a film for the Ministry of Defence of troops leaving for Afghanistan. He read about Cpl Wright, posthumously awarded the George Cross, and contacted his parents, Bob and Jem.

Mr and Mrs Wright, who set up the Mark Wright Project to help rehabilitate injured personnel, put Mr Katis in touch with paras who served with Cpl Wright.

Mr Wright is supporting the film. He said: “It’s going to draw a lot of interest. It will help people see what the conditions they have been living in were like and the dangers they went through. I don’t think people realise what it’s like over there.”

With the backing of Gareth Unwin, the Oscarwinning producer of the King’s Speech, Mr Katis has set up up an enterprise investment scheme to attract most of the funding.

Higher rate taxpayers can secure a tax break by pledging funding towards British movies.

On Saturday, a fundraising drive on indiegogo.com went live, offering gifts depending on how much people donate, with £35 securing a credit on the movie.

Anyone donating £2,500 will be made an associate producer, while £1,500 is enough for a private screening. If Kajaki is a success, the £100,000 donated will go to military charities. More than 50 people had donated £4,100 in the first three days.

For more information, visit www.kajakimovie.com

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9:36am Wed 4 Dec 13

Kajaki Movie says...

The link to the crowd-funding site is here: http://www.indiegogo
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The link to the crowd-funding site is here: http://www.indiegogo .com/projects/kajaki -a-modern-british-wa r-film/x/5438178 Kajaki Movie

1:07am Thu 5 Dec 13

Boris says...

Britain's forces in Afghanistan have undoubtedly been heroic, but in a profoundly wrong cause. The producers shouold approach Tony Blair, who has millions of pounds to spare, and would no doubt love the tax breaks available on his investment. He would not miss £100,000, and after he sent so many hundreds of our young men and women to their deaths, it would be a good way for him te redeem himself, if only in a very limited way.
Britain's forces in Afghanistan have undoubtedly been heroic, but in a profoundly wrong cause. The producers shouold approach Tony Blair, who has millions of pounds to spare, and would no doubt love the tax breaks available on his investment. He would not miss £100,000, and after he sent so many hundreds of our young men and women to their deaths, it would be a good way for him te redeem himself, if only in a very limited way. Boris

6:41am Thu 5 Dec 13

my2pworth says...

Boris

A valid and sensible point. The other line of thought is the film is about the blokes on the ground rather than the politics behind. I imagine the producer would not want any politicians money/endorsement behind the film, especially blairs. (small b intended)
Boris A valid and sensible point. The other line of thought is the film is about the blokes on the ground rather than the politics behind. I imagine the producer would not want any politicians money/endorsement behind the film, especially blairs. (small b intended) my2pworth

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