31 North 62 East

Coordinates: 31°00′N 62°00′E / 31.00°N 62.00°E / 31.00; 62.00 31 North 62 East is an independent psychological thriller film released in September 2009. The title refers to a point in south-western Afghanistan near Zaranj and the Iranian border.

31 North 62 East
UK poster
Directed byTristan Loraine
Produced byTristan Loraine
StarringJohn Rhys-Davies
Marina Sirtis
Edited byTristan Loraine
Release date
  • 18 September 2009 (2009-09-18)
CountryUnited Kingdom
BudgetUS$ 3.1 million

It was written by brothers Leofwine Loraine and Tristan Loraine with the first draft of the screen play being completed on 2 May 2008. Principal photography commenced on 21 July 2008 with Tristan Loraine as director and producer.[1] The film cast includes John Rhys-Davies, Marina Sirtis, Heather Peace and Craig Fairbrass.

The production company was Fact Not Fiction Films and the director of photography was Sue Gibson, president of the British Society of Cinematographers (BSC).

The film music was composed by Paul Garbutt and David Leo Kemp and also includes an appearance by New Zealand born violinist/composer Fiona Pears.


A British Prime Minister gives up the position of a Special Air Service (SAS) unit in Afghanistan to ensure a UK £80 billion arms deal goes through, assuring his re-election. All soldiers in the SAS unit are thought to have died, until two months later, when one of them, a female captain, is found by Italian special forces and returns to the UK to investigate.



British filming began on 21 July 2008 in Horsham followed by various locations in West Sussex and was completed on schedule on 2 September 2008. This was followed by Jordanian filming which was completed in late September 2008. Filming was done using digital cinematography using a 4k Thomson Viper camera recording onto HDCAM SR tape. The film then went into post production, and was released in the UK in September 2009.


Initial reception for the film was mixed. Press screenings shown in September 2009 produced mixed reviews. "Edgy political thriller - A film unafraid to confront the decisions made by the powers that be."[2] "The over all acting is poor, the characters are two dimensional leaving you with no empathy for the key players and the story line is fragmented. One is left with the feeling that the budget should have been used on acting school for the players and training for the director rather than on helicopter and fancy car hire."[3]


  1. ^ "31 North 62 East (Too Close to the Truth)". rotten tomtoes. Retrieved 28 May 2012.
  2. ^ Woodward, Adam (18 September 2009), "31 North 62 East", Little White Lies, London, archived from the original on 27 December 2010, retrieved 12 July 2012
  3. ^ Porter, Edward (20 September 2009), "31 North 62 East", The Times, London, retrieved 21 September 2009

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