A GOOD DAY TO DIE, HOKA HEY

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - MOVIES -

Peril, pas­sion and the pur­suit of the per­fect pic­ture make for an ex­plo­sive com­po­si­tion in this doc­u­men­tary about a renowned Bri­tish war pho­tog­ra­pher.

At the start, we’re dropped by he­li­copter into a fire­fight in Afghanista­n’s Hel­mand Prov­ince, be­fore shoot­ing off to Colom­bia, Lebanon and Iraq.

Look­ing and sound­ing like Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch’s thrill-seek­ing older brother, Ja­son P Howe is alarm­ingly hon­est about his ad­dic­tion to the adrenalin he ex­pe­ri­ences on the job.

In­tel­li­gent, ar­tic­u­late and ex­tremely tal­ented, he’s de­scribed as an id­iot and a ma­niac by his fel­low snap­pers.

For 12 years, his life was a barely be­liev­able storm of bul­lets, booze, drugs and ro­mance.

When the film catches its breath, it ad­justs its fo­cus to the chang­ing na­ture of the in­dus­try, ques­tions of ethics and is­sues of cen­sor­ship.

Many of Howe’s photos are dis­turbingly graphic, and a life on the front line has re­sulted in PTSD. But there’s no sug­ges­tion he wouldn’t do it all again.

ADRENALIN JUNKIE: Howe sur­vived 12 years of peril

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