Benenden Hospital consultant in adviser role for new movie
27th November 2014
Eddie Chaloner, a varicose veins consultant at Benenden Hospital, has recently been extensively involved as medical adviser on the set of a new movie ‘Kajaki’ – which premieres in the UK this week.
Based on a true story, the film follows a group of soldiers during one day of their six month tour of Afghanistan. Paul Katis of Pukka films used a crowd funding campaign on Idiegogo to help fund the production and Eddie used his experience of land mine injuries to help Paul to make the film as authentic as possible. Mr Katis is also incidentally from Benenden village.
Mr Chaloner helped to ensure the film was authentic by sharing his experience of working in war torn countries while he was in the Army, along with his work with the land mine clearing charity The HALO Trust. Mr Chaloner got involved after hearing about the film project through a network of former airborne soldiers.
He said: "My main expertise relates to landmine injuries in general and what actually happens during a mine strike. While I was working in Afghanistan with the HALO Trust I saw two men in separate incidents blown up right in front of me.
"The purpose of the film is to show the public what working in places such as Afghanistan entails for the frontline armed forces and to illustrate what bravery actually looks like in real life. I think it is an important film for the public to see. It has been a great project to be involved in and for me it has been very personal and quite emotional."
Mr Chaloner joined 144 Parachute Squadron (the reserve squadron of 23 Parachute Field Ambulance) in 1990, providing medical support to the airborne brigade. During his service Mr Chaloner was deployed to Rwanda, Bosnia and Kosovo. He left the Army in 2002.
He also worked with The HALO Trust in Afghanistan, Mozambique, Angola, Sri Lanka and Iraq, working on the medical logistics of mine clearance, medical training of staff and operating on patients at the local hospitals, either alongside other aid agencies or with local clinicians.
Mr Chaloner was a member of the NATO expert panel on blast protection for four years.
The film is released nationwide exclusively through Vue Cinemas on November 28th.
All proceeds from the pre-release screenings and a percentage of the full profits of the film will be donated to three military charities: The Royal British Legion, Help for Heroes and Walking with the Wounded.
Find out more about the film at www.kajakimovie.com