Feature Screening: The Mark of Cain
When British soldiers, accused of abusing Iraqi detainees, were acquitted this month, it spawned a heated debate whether justice had been served. The Mark of Cain tells the fictional story of two British soldiers caught up in a similar case.
Shane Gulliver and Mark Tate (Treacle) are two ordinary 18 year-olds serving with the British Army in Iraq. Amidst frequent insurgent attacks and suicide bombings, the platoon struggles to maintain an uneasy peace and to subdue hostilities.
When the popular company captain is killed on patrol by a roadside bomb, morale in the platoon hits rock bottom. Acting on orders they round up several suspects from house-to-house searches. That night feelings at the camp are running high and as the chain of command is weakened events spiral out of control.
Inspired by true events, The Mark of Cain pulls you deep inside the Iraq conflict and shows some of the true fear, horror and uncertainty of war.