Dalkeith war hero film set for release

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A movie depicting the heroics of a Dalkeith soldier killed in Afghanistan in 2006 is expected to hit cinemas later this year.

With a budget of £1.2 million, Kajaki will show how Corporal Mark Wright crawled across a minefield to administer morphine and other first aid to his comrades, despite suffering life-threatening injuries himself.

The incident remains politically sensitive as he might have been saved if the British Army had had adequate numbers of winch-equipped helicopters available.

According to the film’s director Paul Katis, shooting will likely begin in Jordan this May.

Having returned from a recce mission to the Arab kingdom, he told the Advertiser: “Jordan would be fantastic as it has a great film infrastructure. Blockbuster war movies such as The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty were filmed there.”

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