War thriller Kajaki: The True Story makes return to the big screen

A still from the film
A still from the film
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A WAR thriller inspired by the story of a Portsmouth soldier is returning to the big screen for one day.

Kajaki: The True Story will be shown at the Vue cinema at Gunwharf Quays on Sunday – the same night the film’s producer and director are up for a Bafta award.

The News revealed in December that the film was inspired by the story of Andy Barlow, a machine gunner with the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, who now lives in Portsmouth.

Kajaki: The True Story is a tense war thriller, recounting an inspiring but shocking episode in recent British war history.

The film depicts an incident involving a group of soldiers, mostly from the British Army’s 3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, 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.

But they found 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.

For details see kajakimovie.com/wheres-it-on.