Ex-soldier’s film of the trauma of leaving forces
9:00pm Monday 23rd September 2013 in Latest News
A FEATURE film highlighting the difficulties for members of the armed forces returning to civilian life is due to begin filming, with some of the proceeds going to the Help for Heroes charity.
Chosen, a project created by Connor Richardson, draws on his experiences and those of his former colleagues in making the transition back to normaility after tours of duty. But the kickstarter project needs contributions of £5,000 before filming can start.
Connor, who spent five years with Swindon’s Royal Yeomanry Territorial Army Squadron, has enlisted the help of friends in the forces to put together a fictional script which reflects the challenges of servicemen returning to a quiet life.
“It is designed to highlight the trouble soldiers face even after leaving the army,” Connor said.
“At the moment we have got a cast of about 10, who will be the main characters. We would like to find extras from the local area who are keen to get into acting.
“We have also started a kickstart project to raise funds for the film. We have got quite a bit of support and are looking at getting top notch cameras.
“I was a reservist for five years with the Yeomanry and it always struck me how, on leaving, it was really difficult, and that is true for all soldiers. “We are also looking to highlight post traumatic stories and we want to make that well known. A lot of the guys are ex-servicemen and have their own stories to tell.
“A friend of mine has been helping out with the script-writing based on his own experiences.
“The plot involves a man who leaves the military after three years when he decides it is really not for him. On leaving he settles down and is trying to look for a job, but a government agency wants to recruit him after he is headhunted. He is a bit of an undercover hero. While he tries to find a job slowly his life collapses around him.
“The moral of Chosen is even when you leave the military, the military doesn’t leave you. We will be highlighting issues such as post traumatic stress disorder, which has a huge affect on so many veterans. We are passionate and driven about making this production the best it can be.
“The first filming day will be October 5. It is an action film, and we want to shoot it all over Wiltshire and get a lot of people involved with it.”
To contribute to the project, visit www.kickstarter.com/projects/ 1882604251/chosen-0?ref=city
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