Magazine article Screen International

The Veteran

Magazine article Screen International

The Veteran

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Rising Brit actor Toby Kebbell stars in The Veteran, an action thriller about a soldier trying to fit back into society after returning from Afghanistan, which is currently shooting in London, directed by Matthew Hope.

Synopsis: A disillusioned soldier returns from Afghanistan and is recruited into covert surveillance where he becomes obsessed with saving a muslim woman from a group of terrorists, only to discover a wider conspiracy involving the intelligence services.Director: Matthew HopeWriter: Screenplay co-written by Matthew Hope, Robert Henry Craft and Adam Tysoe.Producers: Kim Leggatt and Debbie ShuterCast: Toby Kebbell, Brian Cox, Ashley Thomas, Adi Bielski and Tom Brooke.Budget: £2mFinancing: Private financing, Premiere Picture (tax fund), UK tax creditInternational Sales: In TandemLanguage: EnglishLocations: London (including Canary Wharf, the Isle of Dogs, a strip club in Hackney and an ex army barracks turned studio in Mill Hill)Shoot dates: June 28 to August 7thStatus: ShootingRelease date: promo at AFM, with a view to a worldwide release Spring 2011

Currently shooting in London, The Veteran is an action thriller starring 2009 BAFTA Rising Star nominee Toby Kebbell as an ex soldier who returns from Afghanistan and, struggling to come to fit back into society, becomes embroiled in uncovering a terrorist plot.

"It's going to be very real, says director Matthew Hope, who co-wrote the script with ex SAS man Robert (Bob) Henry Craft. "Obviously, we want it to be exciting and thrilling, but I've tried to make all the action scenes very believable. I want to show that, when people get killed, they just drop to the ground."

The film began life when Hope, whose first feature was the 2008 action horror The Vanguard, met British producer Kim Leggatt. She was instantly drawn to the project and set about raising the finance with producing partner Debbie Shuter, whom she met on the set of Joy Division in 2005. "There is an awful lot of press about soldiers coming back and not being able to fit into society, so it's a good topical story. We wanted to show it how it is, but we also knew we had to make a piece of entertainment, and make something that would get a young audience into the cinema," says Leggatt, who read the script in Spring 2009, and just over a year later, is nearing the end of the six week shoot.

"This film was quicker than usual, because we were able to get a private equity investor [the producers won't name her, but Hope revealed that she works in the medical industry, hence her interest in the film's topic of post traumatic stress syndrome]. …

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