The Patrol

The Patrol

The Patrol has been named Film of the Festival at the Raindance Film Festival.

The British film about the conflict in Afghanistan sees Tom Petch make his feature film directorial debut - he has also penned the screenplay for the movie.

He says: "The festival has curated a great selection of films, and judges including Julian Assange gave it an individual voice. It provided a unique opportunity for The Patrol to raise the issues of British involvement in Afghanistan."

The Patrol is a bold new Afghanistan-based military film that explores questions not fully debated in the mainstream media about the war in Afghanistan.

Examining the gritty realities of warfare, The Patrol uses fictional characters to explore the war, and asks important questions about a war that has claimed the lives of over 400 British servicemen and women to date, exceeding the Iraq war death toll.

With the scheduled withdrawal of all NATO troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2014, and Western powers looking to intervene in Syria, these questions could not be more pertinent.

Petch went on to say: "I was so angry with the way the war was being portrayed, with no commentary on how it was being fought or explanations for all the soldiers being killed. No-one was asking the right questions.

"This is my view. I have been as honest as I can. I welcome the opportunity presented by Raindance Film Festival to generate discussion around this fiercely controversial and emotive topic."