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2016 Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Martin Freeman is Sean Langan

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is a 2016 American biographical war comedy-drama film directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, and written by Robert Carlock, based on the memoir The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Kim Barker. The film stars Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman, Christopher Abbott, Alfred Molina, and Billy Bob Thornton. It was released on March 4, 2016 by Paramount Pictures.

The film was originally titled The Taliban Shuffle and Fun House, before settling on Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. (“Whiskey-tango-foxtrot” represents the NATO phonetic alphabet letters WTF, military slang for “What the fuck?”).

*Read Sean Langan’s article for Spectator Life about his meeting with Tina Fey

*Read more about Whiskey Tango Foxtrot on Wikipedia and the IMDb website

2012: Mark Lawson talks to Sean Langan

BBC Four, Thursday 26th April, 2012

In this in-depth interview Mark Lawson meets the award-winning journalist and filmmaker Sean Langan, whose kidnap by the Taliban in 2008 inspired BBC Four’s hostage drama The Kidnap Diaries. Langan’s professional life began as a TV entertainment presenter, but his investigative nose led him to document some of the most volatile and war-torn regions in Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. Armed with a camera and irrepressible courage, he has produced a series of enlightening documentaries including Afghan Ladies Driving School, African Railway, Langan Behind the Lines, Mission Accomplished and Fighting the Taliban.

*Watch a short clip from Mark Lawsons’ interview with Sean Langan on the BBC Four website.