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London-shot action thriller The Veteran releases this week
Date posted: 26.04.2011
Releasing this Friday, The Veteran is the second feature from British director Matthew Hope. The film stars 2009 BAFTA Rising Star nominee Toby Kebbell as a soldier trying to fit back into society after returning from war in Afghanistan.
Set and shot in London, the film, which received locations support from Film London, is an action thriller in which a disillusioned soldier returning from war is recruited into covert surveillance and becomes embroiled in uncovering a terrorist plot. The film explores the link between the war on terror and the war on drugs, from the soldiers on the front line to the drug dealers on the streets of Britain.
The Veteran began life when Matthew Hope, director of the 2008 action horror The Vanguard, met British producer Kim Leggatt. Leggatt was instantly drawn to the project saying "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."
Hope, who co-wrote the script with ex-SAS soldier Robert Henry Craft, said "I've tried to make all the action scenes very believable," promising that with Craft's input the film is "going to be very real."
The film was financed with private equity on a relatively low budget of £2m. Following advice from Film London, The Veteran shot entirely in the capital in locations such as the disused Heygate Estate in Elephant and Castle.
The highly cinematic former housing estate was a popular location for filming in London, and has in recent months provided a backdrop to productions including Harry Brown and Clint Eastwood's Hereafter. Industrial and dockside locations such as Canary Wharf and the Isle of Dogs also featured in the film, as well as the ex military base Inglis Barracks in Mill Hill.
British star Toby Kebbell has previously cut his teeth on other home grown indies such as Dead Man's Shoes and Wilderness, and won a BIFA award for his performance in Anton Corbijn's 2007 Ian Curtis biopic Control.
Kebbell He has also been making waves in Hollywood, with roles in The Prince Of Persia and The Sorcerer's Apprentice. "He is just a brilliant actor," explained director Hope, who had him in mind for the role for some time, "he and I saw the character in exactly the same way when we talked about it." The Veteran also stars Brian Cox and UK grime artist Ashley "Bashy" Thomas.
The Veteran is being released theatrically in the UK by Revolver Entertainment on Friday 29 April.