Midlothian war hero movie up for BAFTA

Bob and Jem Wright (centre) with Kajaki actors and film crew members
Bob and Jem Wright (centre) with Kajaki actors and film crew members

A low-budget war film depicting the heroics of a Midlothian soldier killed in Afghanistan has been shortlisted for a BAFTA.

Director Paul Katis and producer Andrew de Lotbiniere learned last Friday (January 9) that they had been nominated in the Outstanding Debut category for their film Kajaki: The True Story.

It tells of how a group of paratroopers became trapped in an unmarked minefield during a mission against Taliban fighters near the Kajaki Dam in Helmand province, with events culminating in the death of Corporal Mark Wright, from Dalkeith.

Mark’s parents Bob and Jem, who both live in the town, attended the film’s premier in London last year but could not bear to watch the harrowing scenes involving their son’s injuries.

Bob said: “I’m not surprised about this news because it is such a good film.”

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