Sky1 have commissioned Uppercut Films to produce a documentary chronicling the personal experiences of injured British service personnel as they embark on an epic journey to the Everest region of the Himalayas.
War Torn (working title) will feature some of Britain’s bravest heroes as they go through the rehabilitation process from frontline to Civvy Street. The 80-man Khumbu Challenge expedition is part of a five-year Royal Navy initiative to help rehabilitate injured Royal Navy and Royal Marine personnel. Participants will span a range of abilities including double amputees and those emotionally traumatised in recent conflicts.
The 90-minute film will tell the personal stories of these brave young men as they prepare for the expedition and attend training sessions in Scotland and North Wales. The five teams – two climbing, three trekking – will be led by experienced climber Steve Perry plus a team of dedicated local guides and sherpas as well as RN and RM personnel. The event has already received support from the England football team and HRH Prince Harry who is Royal Patron of the KCO9 expedition.
Celia Taylor, Commissioning Editor, Sky1 HD, Sky1, Sky2 and Sky3 comments: “War Torn promises to be everything a Sky1 documentary should be – action packed with awe inspiring HD visuals but with brilliant story telling and a real depth of emotion at its heart.”
Christine Hall, Executive Producer, Uppercut Films: “Filming in the Himalayas presents many unique challenges but these are nothing compared to what the injured guys will go through. Their personal stories will give extraordinary insight into the remarkable way these young men deal with their injuries.”
Chris Terrill, Director/Cameraman (HMS Brilliant, Nature’s Fury, Commando On the Front Line), “For these brave men so badly injured in Afghanistan and Iraq this will be en epic adventure – though the biggest mountain they face is not Everest but the one in their minds. It is my job to follow them on both journeys – the physical one and the emotional one”.
With exclusive access to the event – including live online coverage from the mountain – War Torn will bring home the inspirational and candid account of these brave heroes drawing on their courage once again as they strive to overcome the appalling trauma of their injuries whilst climbing the World’s highest mountain.
War Torn will air on Sky1 and Sky1 HD in December 2009.