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A Good Day to Die, Hoka Hey (2016)

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This is the story of a man's bravery to cover the world at war, and what it takes to get images published for the world to see. This is Jason P. Howe's story of survival and change.

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Harold Monfils

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Harold Monfils, Mariam Hashim (story editor)
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Credited cast:
Roger Arnold Roger Arnold ... Himself - Photojournalist
Connie Booth ... Polly Sherman (archive footage)
Seamus Conlan Seamus Conlan ... Himself - Founder WPN
David Eades David Eades ... Himself (archive footage)
Hector Emanuel Hector Emanuel ... Himself - Photojournalist
Matthew Fearn Matthew Fearn ... Himeself - Picture Editor, The Daily Telegraph
Cpl. Goode Cpl. Goode ... Himself (voice)
Thomas Harding Thomas Harding ... Himself - Former Defence Correspondent
Eros Hoagland Eros Hoagland ... Himself - Photojournalist
Jason P. Howe Jason P. Howe ... Himself - Photojournalist
Karen Maron Karen Maron ... Herself - Journalist
Tim Page Tim Page ... Himself - War Photographer
Catherine Philp Catherine Philp ... Herself - Foreign Correspondent
Jerome Starkey Jerome Starkey ... Himself - Foreign Correspondent
Aj Vickers Aj Vickers ... Himself - Former British Soldier
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What is the first thing you think of when the guy behind you gets his legs blown off? What time is it when it hits 'bomb o'clock'? How do you fall for a woman, who then reveals herself as an assassin? Hoka Hey is a narrative feature, 5 years in the making, documenting the life story and extraordinary adventures of British conflict photographer, Jason P. Howe. He survived 12 years on the front-line of four wars, capturing images of humanity at war, its suffering, and cultures in disarray. His work has been showcased in many of the world's best-known publications, such as The New York Times, The Telegraph, Time, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, and many others. It all started with a self-funded trip to Colombia into an area synonymous with drug trafficking and violence. Documenting the brutal war between the left-wing rebel group, FARC, their sworn enemies the military, and the right-wing paramilitary groups, Jason gained the trust of all sides of this scarcely reported war - putting him in a ... Written by KS

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Jason P. Howe's story of survival and change


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Language:

Spanish | English

Release Date:

16 June 2017 (UK) See more »

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Hoka Hey See more »

Filming Locations:

Afghanistan See more »

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Budget:

$980,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Surround 7.1

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Color (HD)| Black and White (original 35 mm prints)

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1.85 : 1
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Jason P. Howe - Photojournalist: I've always loved the idea of a short interesting life... rather than a long dull one.
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A 90 minute indulgence of ego and self-import
9 August 2017 | by jrayner00See all my reviews

With seemingly no genuinely humble connection to many of the stories behind the photos, this documentary comes across as particularly transactional and false. Perhaps Jason is the only thing Jason loves more than his photos and this 90 minute documentary exercise in self- love stands as a clear testament to this sentiment. Frankly if Jason had taken my photo I would've ensured he couldn't have profiteered from it, as I could think of nothing worse than enriching and emboldening a man who sees himself as such a martyr.

Whilst reflecting on a day when a man lost both of his legs, serving his country, Jason feels the need to reiterate how valued he was in the ensuing CASEVAC, whilst staring forlornly into the middle distance. They shook his hand! Why couldn't more photo-journo's be like him?!

I'm glad I chose to rent this documentary rather than to buy it outright. I got a chance to see the footage that I wanted to see, although there wasn't much of it - plenty of airtime for monologues in CPs and wide angle shots of Jason putting his kit on, though. A boring and self-absorbed piece of work.


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