Pablo Escobar documentary focuses on Scottish mercenary hired to kill drug lord

A brand new function documentary has secured unique get admission to to the tale of Peter McAleese, the Scottish mercenary and ex-SAS operative who used to be employed via a Colombian drug cartel to assassinate drug baron Pablo Escobar.

Produced via Glasgow-based Two Rivers Media and Salon Footage, the manufacturers of David Bowie movie “Stardust,” “Killing Escobar” is advised in McAleese’s personal phrases and lines never-before-seen photos of his 1989 Colombian project. The document additionally finds how McAleese’s violent upbringing in Glasgow, SAS coaching and revel in as a mercenary in Africa led him to take at the bold — and reputedly suicidal — project.

Commissioned via BBC Scotland, the movie is subsidized via fledgling distributor Abacus Media Rights, who dangle global distribution rights, in addition to The Nationwide Lottery via Display screen Scotland. Directed via award-winning filmmaker David Whitney, the movie will bow on the Glasgow Movie Pageant on March 7 and air on BBC Scotland later this yr.

Mick McAvoy, head of factual at Two Rivers Media, mentioned: “At Two Rivers Media, we delight ourselves on bringing exceptional tales, advised via the individuals who have been on the centre of the motion, to the display. This movie tells the not likely story of ways a person from the East Finish of Glasgow used to be requested to carry in combination a workforce of ex-special forces operatives to commute to the very center of the prison empire of the arena’s most threatening guy as a way to assassinate him.”

McAvoy notes that the movie does now not use any voiceover and is dependent upon intimate interviews with McAleese, participants of his workforce and Escobar’s bodyguard. The 90-minute movie additionally comprises archive from McAleese’s existence, in addition to interviews with different key individuals within the tale, corresponding to: fellow mercenary Dave Tomkins; DEA officials Javier Pena and Steve Murphy (the topics of Netflix’s hit sequence “Narcos”); and McAleese’s Cali Cartel liaison Jorge Salcedo, whose studies in Colombia additionally impressed the Netflix sequence.

Nick Taussig, founder and managing director for Salon Footage, added: “When [director David Whitney] first introduced this movie to us, we have been made up our minds to make it, as, past the compelling narrative of a small band of mercenaries seeking to take down Pablo Escobar, used to be the nice human tale of an outdated soldier’s ultimate reckoning with himself. David had the monitor document and pedigree to take this tale on, and what an artistic excursion de power it has grew to become out to be.”

Whitney highlights a “wealth” of private video archive and a top degree of get admission to that used to be “the stuff of goals for any filmmaker.”

“When my editor and I sat and watched the photos that the lads had filmed in their project we have been amazed via the breadth and high quality; it used to be a goldmine!” mentioned Whitney. “It’s been an extended, tough adventure to get ‘Killing Escobar’ to the display, however I’m hoping audiences shall be as delighted via this improbable true tale as I used to be.”

Tony Nellany commissioned the movie for BBC Scotland. Director of pictures is Julian Schwanitz, whilst head of manufacturing is Lucy Austen; head of prison is Ross Cowan; and site AP is Kelly Machin. Govt manufacturers come with Alan Clements and Mick McAvoy for Two Rivers Media — for whom the movie marks the outfit’s first theatrical foray — in addition to Nick Taussig for Salon Footage. “Killing Escobar” is sent the world over via Abacus Media Rights.

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