Independent Film Explores Modern-Day War Veteran Struggle

Hamster, a short film shot across Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Hull from production company 4AM Pictures in partnership with charity PTSD Resolution, was inspired following a discussion with veteran Johno Lee.

This short independent film by director and writer Scott Driver explores a British Army soldier’s return from service in Afghanistan and his struggle to reintegrate into civilian society.

The film explores the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder, the trauma of war and the long road to recovery.

Following a IndieGogo fundraising page launched during the pandemic to help fund the film project, the team began filming in 2021. Shot across Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire, an intense war scene with staged explosions from professional pyrotechnics was also filmed at Humber Airsoft in Hull.

The producers, cinematographer and directors were all local to the East Midlands and included students from the University of Lincoln.

“We are honoured to have produced this film project that is dedicated to veterans and shines light on some of the issues they routinely face, including the not uncommon mental health struggles they have to overcome,” commented director and writer Scott. “The crew worked tirelessly to put the film together. In 2020, when Johno Lee expressed a desire to be involved in the project, we enjoyed receiving his guidance for the script and his help in producing the film.”

Luke Boydon Jones, who plays lead character Lewis in the film, said: “We hope that Hamster portrays the very real challenges that soldiers face upon their returns home from war and hopefully this helps build awareness of how difficult realigning yourself back into society can be for those who have served.”

Hamster features Boydon Jones, Gráinne Kelly, Tinashe Darikwa, Becki Lloyd, Fredericka Charles, Richard Bobb-Semple and Steve Watson. The film is due to premiere in September and will be entered into a number of awards in the coming months.