Compelling documentary ‘A Good Day to Die – Hoka Hey’ had its official UK theatrical release at Regent St Cinema on the 20th June. The powerful feature documents the life story and extraordinary adventures of British conflict photographer, Jason P. Howe.
A self-taught photographer, Jason P. Howe survived 12 years on the frontline of four wars, capturing images of humanity at war, its suffering, and cultures in disarray. His incredible portfolio of work starts with his intimate, long-term project in Colombia during the brutal civil war and his relationship with Marilyn, an assassin for a right-wing death squad, before depicting his narrow escapes with death during his stints in Iraq, Lebanon and Afghanistan, dangerous conflicts that have shaped the present day.
Rather than a film about war, this is a fascinating and moving insight on how passion led to the downward spiral of disillusionment; the story of a man who chose a life of perpetual peril in pursuit of the perfect image, and what it took to get those images published for the world to see.
Writer/director Harold Monfils (Laya Project) met Jason in 2010 and was blown away by his work and life stories. Six years in the making, ‘A Good Day to Die’ unravels a truth of what we see, and most times don’t see in the news. For Monfils, his film shows the “damage that happens to the soul when one is exposed to the horrors of war on the front line for 12 years.”
‘A Good Day to Die’ features interviews with contributors including Catherine Philp (foreign correspondent), Hector Emanuel (documentary photographer), Jerome Starkey (foreign correspondent), Matthew Fearn (Telegraph picture editor), Roger Arnold (cameraman, photographer), Thomas Harding (defence correspondent), Tim Page (photographer).
It was released in select UK cinemas and on demand from 16 June and on DVD 17 July 2017 following rave reviews:
“Vivid and moving” **** Total Film
“Peril, passion and the pursuit of the perfect picture make for an explosive documentary” **** The Mirror
“A fascinating and remarkable peek into an all-too real world we could barely imagine” Critical Popcorn
“Unflinching” The Guardian
“Striking Imagery” Empire