Friday Night of our Annual Gathering is at The Prince Charles Cinema for a screening of “KAJAKI”.
Former members of 3 Para will be present afterwards to answer questions about their experiences, which are depicted in the film.
Friday 8 November 2019
Prince Charles Cinema
7 Leicester Pl, London WC2H 7BY
Directed by Paul Katis
Starring Mark Stanley, David Elliot, Malachi Kirby
2014 | 108mins | UK | rated (15)
KAJAKI – THE TRUE STORY is a British war film, based on events that took place in Helmand Province in Afghanistan in 2006.
A small unit of soldiers is positioned on a ridge overlooking the Kajaki dam. A three-man patrol sets out to disable a Taliban roadblock. In a dried out river bed at the foot of the ridge, one of the patrol detonates a land mine, blowing off his leg and setting into motion a desperate rescue mission.
The film captures the horrors and the human cost of modern warfare.
Paul “Tug” Hartley GM
Born into a military family whilst his father was serving in Germany. Tug was raised in Huddersfield, leaving school at 14 to work on a fruit and veg stall until he turned 16 and could apply to join the Army.
He joined the Royal Engineers in 1997 and served for 6 years specialising in mine warfare, demolitions and combat engineering. In 2003 he transferred to the Royal Army Medical corps and became a Combat Medical technician (CMT), serving with 23 Air Assault Medical SQN and on attachment with 3 Para and 22 SAS.
He deployed 3 times to Afghanistan, Oman, Lebanon and completed a number of exercises and training operations worldwide.
Paul “TUG” Hartley was awarded the George Medal for Gallantry whilst serving on Op Herrick 4 with the 3 Para Battle Group for actions at the Kajaki Dam on 06/09/2006.
Luke was the military advisor on KAJAKI and his work included running the actors’ bootcamp and military advising on location in Jordan. Previously, Luke was a member of 3rd Battalion the Parachute Regiment, completing three tours of Afghanistan as a member of the sniper platoon. This included the first tour of Helmand Province by British Forces in 2006, when he served alongside many of the soldiers involved in the Kajaki incident.
He is now a Paramedic with London Ambulance Service.
All proceeds from the event will be donated to Veterans Aid.