Documentary Series about US Marines in Afghanistan launches at MipTV 2011
The world’s largest television market MipTV, held in Cannes, France last week, saw the launch of an innovative new documentary series by a South African team. Turf Wars depicts the real-life situation of US Marines at war in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan.
Turf Wars follows the lives of a company of young soldiers as they go about their day-to-day operations to suppress the enemy. The 13 part series of one hour programmes is brought to screen in a unique manner: action is filmed through the use of mini HD cameras, attached to the soldiers themselves. “Turf Wars will show audiences a perspective on war that they have never seen before,” says Producer and Co-Creator Markus Davies of Waterfront Studios. “The series will take them closer to the action than ever before”.
The production team has co-operation from the Pentagon to embed themselves with the soldiers for the filming period. A team of award-winning camera operators that are war zone specialists will capture unique footage and tell the Turf Wars story from a soldier’s perspective.
One of the veteran war journalists who will act as director of photography is South African Adil Bradlow. Adil is responsible for the genesis of the project: “The idea of this project came to me while out on patrol with the Marines in Marjah, Helmand Province, in late 2010. The lads of 1st Platoon saw themselves as fighting a good old-fashioned turf war with the Taliban”.
“It was clear that the Marines had gone on the offensive and were determined not to let up, pushing out on patrol three times a day to keep the Taliban guessing as to where they would strike next. Along with a relentless pace, I was amazed at how spartan their operating conditions were. They lived hard and rough. This was soldiering as I'd never seen it before; this is a story that needs to be told,” says Bradlow.
Turf Wars Trailer A: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHmFfa2cQYU
Turf Wars Trailer B: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sm-1GCFVc_o
Turf Wars Trailer C: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6adsIOjQ68