26 Jul 2018

Why risk so much for a movie? The making of Jirga

From Nine To Noon, 10:12 am on 26 July 2018

Australian film maker Benjamin Gilmour talks about his sobering war film, Jirga, shot in dangerous conditions, on location in Afghanistan. He was originally preparing to shoot Jirga in Pakistan, until the proposed script was deemed too 'politically sensitive' to continue. Not prepared to give up he and the lead actor Sam Smith decided to make the film anyway, in Afghanistan, with local actors. In two months in Afghanistan, they filmed for roughly 20 days. Benjamin Gilmour is also the critically acclaimed filmmaker of Son of a Lion and Paramedico and was a long serving paramedic in Sydney. Jirga is being screened as part of the New Zealand International Film Festival.