A 60-minute BAFTA award winning film that captured the camaraderie and dangers faced by a British army platoon in Afghanistan.
I was having a drink in a London pub when I bumped into Alex Rawlins, a young enigmatic guitar playing platoon commander, who was soon to be heading to Afghanistan. He soon took to the stage and his band lit up the room. His whole platoon had come to support him and where jumping up and down with excitement.
I couldn’t help but think that following their Afghan tour and telling the story of the comradery would make a brilliant documentary.
Inspired I pitch the idea to the BBC who turned it down. But it was too good an opportunity to miss, so I bought them a video camera on eBay and sellotaped a mass of tiny post-it-notes all over the camera to prompt whoever was holding it to ask good questions, and then for the next few months I sent them a number of encouraging and pestering emails ("quit using the night vision in the daytime", "stop tromboning the zoom"...."tell me what an earth you are doing..."). It paid off as every week they sent me a new tape.
They shot some amazing footage which I edited and I went back to the BBC who immediately commissioned it and it went on to become the crux of Our War.
The men did amazingly well and I am pleased to have played a small role in helping them tell their story.
Sam Farmar: Development Producer / Remote Director