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Bromley surgeon helps bring war film to the cinema

PUBLISHED: 13:07 20 November 2014 | UPDATED: 13:16 20 November 2014

Mr Chaloner with his wife Anne Rigg on the red carpet.

Mr Chaloner with his wife Anne Rigg on the red carpet.

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Consultant vascular surgeon Eddie Chaloner, who practices at BMI Chelsfield Park and BMI The Sloane Hospital, attended the premier of Kajaki, a modern British War film that he helped bring to the cinema.

Mr Chaloner was a medical adviser and contributed his expertise and experience of landmine injuries to the films production crew.

The film, Kajaki - The True Story, depicts an incident involving a group of soldiers, mostly from the British Army’s 3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, who were trapped in a minefield while stationed at the Kajaki Dam in Afghanistan in 2006.

The ensuing injuries led to the death of the section commander, the serious wounding of several other soldiers and multiple awards for gallantry.

Speaking at the premier of the film at the Vue West End cinema in London’s Leicester Square, Mr Chaloner said: “There were many aspects of the project which resonated with me.

“Whilst still a junior surgeon I had done two tours in Afghanistan with the HALO Trust landmine clearing charity in 1992 and 2000 and further stints in Mozambique, Angola, Sri Lanka and Northern Iraq.

“Unusually for a doctor, I had been present on two separate occasions when soldiers were struck by explosive devices, right in front of me.”

The film is directed by Paul Katis and written by Tom Williams, who worked closely with the survivors to bring to the silver screen a war film that is as authentic representation of the horrors and bravery of conflict.

The film’s Executive Producer, Gareth-Ellis-Unwin is known for his work on The King’s Speech, which won him an Academy Award for Best Picture as well as a BAFTA in 2011.

Mr Chaloner added: “I would urge everyone to go and see this movie!

“The majority of war films I have seen are seriously inaccurate and either over sensationalised or over trivialised.

Kajaki – The True Story is an unflinchingly honest portrayal of the realities of conflict.

“In the final analysis it is a tale of ordinary men doing extraordinary things in circumstances beyond the imagination of most people.

“It is a truly remarkable and important portrayal of the Afghan campaign from the soldier’s perspective.

“I am very proud to have played a tiny part in making it happen.”

The film is released nationwide exclusively through Vue Cinemas on November 28.

The money raised from its release will go toward four military charities supported by the production.

For more information on the film please visit www.kajakimovie.com

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