Dalkeith Paratrooper subject of film

The heroics of a Dalkeith soldier killed in Afghanistan are to feature in the UK’s first modern war film.

With a budget of around £1 million, director Paul Katis expects to begin shooting Kajaki (working title) in Morocco this September.

Its script follows some of the soldiers from 3 Para on a harrowing day in 2006 during their six month tour of Afghanistan - a day in which the heroism of their leader, Corporal Mark Wright from Dalkeith, shone through with tragic consequences.

Mark, whose parents Bob and Jem Wright set-up a drop-in centre for ex-servicemen and women in his name, died after entering a minefield in an attempt to save the lives of other injured soldiers.

Kajaki director Paul Katis told the Advertiser: “There are simply no modern British war films. We haven’t made a movie about conflict since World War Two.

“If we want to see modern conflict we have to watch Americans running about in the desert.”

Read full story in the April 11 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.