Martin or Clooney?
PUBLISHED: 11:30 03 September 2009 | UPDATED: 11:16 12 August 2010
A SOLDIER who made a documentary about his Antarctic expedition will be competing against George Clooney s film for a prize at a festival. Martin Carey, 39, (pictured) from Bromley, has had his 29-minute documentary Discoverer shortlisted in the best do
A SOLDIER who made a documentary about his Antarctic expedition will be competing against George Clooney's film for a prize at a festival.
Martin Carey, 39, (pictured) from Bromley, has had his 29-minute documentary Discoverer shortlisted in the best documentary category of The International Filmmaker Festival in Margate from October 26 to 29.
But he will be up against Hollywood players George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh's produced film Playground which chronicles child sex trafficking in America.
This comes after Carey's film was selected for a screening at the Blue Ocean Film Festival in Savannah, in Georgia in June this year, as reported in the Times.
Mr Carey said: "I was really happy to get accepted for the Savannah festival which was fantastic. To be nominated is the next step and a surprise. It was more than enough to be nominated and to find out that that I am in the same category as George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh means it just gets better and better."
The armourer with the 71 (Yeomanry) Signal Regiment in Bexleyheath edited the film from just 90minutes of footage from the British Army's 74-day expedition to the Antarctic's Danco Coast, which ended in January this year.
He didn't expect to make a documentary from the footage as he joined the land and sea expedition as a sailor. Charging his camera battery was on the bottom of the team's priority list and their main concern was keeping their sat nav phone charged up in case they had to call for help.
Mr Carey, who has been on Iraq on tours and Kosovo, bought a £50 editing package for his laptop and managed to complete the whole film on a shoestring budget of £500.
But the despite these obstacles, his main problem was dealing with the swearing and jokes from the team he filmed.
He said: "When you don't have a lot of battery you only shoot what you need to.
I wanted to take more footage. When you are restricted you have to make sure it works. They would just make a joke or swear and it meant it could not be broadcast. "They had no idea it would end up in the cinema. I had to cut out a lot of rubbish.
"I may make a film of all the outtakes and give it to them."