Who Killed Captain Alex? is a 2010 Ugandan action-comedy film written and directed by Nabwana Isaac Geoffrey Godfrey, in Wakaliwood, an ultra low-budget studio in Kampala, Uganda. It has gained viral notoriety for being a no-budget action film, produced on a reported budget of under $200 though producer Alan Hofmanis admitted that it was a meager $85. A trailer for the film was uploaded to YouTube in January 2010, has been viewed over 4.6 million times as of February 2020. The original version of the film was lost due to power outages and "strained conditions", while the surviving version of Who Killed Captain Alex? Released online includes an English "Video Joker" commentary that adds in running gags about the characters. Captain Alex, one of the most decorated officers in the Uganda People's Defence Force, is sent out to destroy the evil Richard and his Tiger Mafia, a criminal organization that controls the city of Kampala from the shadows. After Captain Alex captures Richard's brother during a commando mission in Wakaliga, losing countless men in the process, Richard sets out for revenge.
He sends a female spy to the military camp and seduce Captain Alex for the Tiger Mafia to capture him. That night, a scream is heard from the tent, Captain Alex is found dead — but nobody is sure who killed him. Captain Alex's brother, a Ugandan Shaolin Monk nicknamed Bruce U, arrives in Kampala in search of the murderer. After getting into a fight with nearby temple martial artists, he meets the temple's master. Bruce U begs the master to help him on his mission for vengeance, but the master refuses, saying that martial arts should not be used for vengeance and rage, but instead for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Bruce U leaves in frustration, with the master giving him a reminder to bring cake in their next meeting. After spending the night in a tree, Bruce U begins his training routine. After starting up a fire to cook some fish, he finds a woman in the grass; the woman is named Ritah, one of Richard's wives who has lost her memory after being shot by Richard. The UPDF, now deprived of a leader as magnificent as Alex, struggles to formulate a capture plan for Richard.
However, after analyzing a map of Uganda, they find a jungle area that links to the suspected warehouse that Richard is hiding in. Meanwhile, Richard tells Puffs, his subordinate from Russia, to steal a helicopter from the military and bomb Kampala; as Puffs wreaks havoc on Kampala with the helicopter, Bruce U is captured by the Tiger Mafia. Now in the warehouse, Bruce U finds himself face to face with Richard, who commands Puffs' assassins to attack Bruce U and fight him one on one. Bruce U however, challenges all of them at once until he is overwhelmed by one of the assassins' kickboxing style. Just in the nick of time however, the military closes in on the warehouse and forces the Tiger mafia to evacuate. After the Ugandan military tracks down Richard, an action sequence ensues including a number of helicopters, myriad explosions, an immense body count. Following an extended ambush, a chain reaction kills Puffs and overwhelms Richard to the point where he is wounded and taken into custody, while swearing revenge in the sequel.
In the end, however, as the government places Uganda under martial law, no one knows who killed Captain Alex. The film was produced on an estimated US$200 budget. Production began in late 2009 in the ghettos of Nateete. Filmmaker Isaac Godfrey Geoffrey Nabwana was inspired by his love of Hollywood action movies and martial arts films from childhood; the helicopter scenes in the film were based on Nabwana's experiences during the Ugandan Bush War where he and his brother were chased by a helicopter. Nabwana edited it using a computer he assembled from old parts; the film's props and camera equipment were fabricated from scrap metal at a machine shop next to Nabwana's house. The actors supplied their own costumes. Squibs used to simulate gunshot wounds were made from condoms filled with red food coloring and tied to fishing lines before being taped to the actors' chests. Throughout the film, a panpipes cover of the Seal song "Kiss from a Rose" can be heard. Who Killed Captain Alex? has sold over 10,000 copies in DVD sales in Uganda, pirated copies of the film have sold an estimated 10 times of that amount.
The official trailer of the film uploaded to YouTube on 30 January 2010 developed a cult following and has over 4 million views. The film itself was uploaded on Wakaliwood's YouTube channel on March 1, 2015, it has over 4.0 million views. The film was released alongside Bad Black in the Wakaliwood Supa Action Vol. 1 Blu-ray/DVD combo by the American Genre Film Archive on 14 May 2019. The Blu-ray release features the option to watch Who Killed Captain Alex? with or without the VJ Emmie narration, plus subtitles in 40 languages, welcome videos by Nabwana IGG for 14 countries. Who Killed Captain Alex? was received well by critics and audiences alike, who saw it as an endearing "so bad it's good" experience, despite its limitations. Nabwana IGG had completed work on the 2010 sequel Tebaatusasula when a massive power surge in Wakaliga destroyed the hard drive that contained the film footage, resulting in it being a lost film. On 2 March 2015, Wakaliwood set up a Kickstarter campaign to raise US$160 for the film Tebaatusasula: Ebola.
The studio was able to receive US$13,181
Beeley Wood is a woodland in the north of the City of Sheffield, near Middlewood, South Yorkshire, England. It is one of 35 ancient woodland areas within the Sheffield city boundary. An ancient woodland is defined as a site, continuously occupied by woodland from the year 1600 or before; the woods are situated on the eastern side of the River Don between the village of Oughtibridge and the Sheffield suburb of Middlewood. The most common access from the Middlewood end of the wood is from the end of Clay Wheels Lane or from Middlewood Road South over the Don by the Rocher footbridge; the woods cover an area of 150 acres and slope up quite steeply from the river gaining around 230 feet in height before ending at farmland. The wood is traversed by two public footpaths; the other public footpath runs the length of the upper wood at its highest point. Beeley Wood is traversed by the famous Woodhead railway line; the woods are home to a large colony of bats and all three species of woodpecker native to Britain can be seen in the woods.
In spring there is a large covering of bluebells on the woodland floor. Wilson Spring Wood, a small area of wood, classed as an ancient and semi natural woodland, measuring 980 by 820 feet lies to the north-east of the main wood, separated by an area of farmers' fields 980 feet in width; the earliest written reference to Beeley Wood is in a deed dated from 1161 in which the monks of Ecclesfield Priory were given permission to graze their flock every year from January to Easter in a large wood stretching from Birley Edge down to the River Don. Beeley Wood is a surviving part of this large wood and part of it is still called Priory Wood. In this 12th century document the wood was referred to as "BYLLHAUWODE", derived from the two Old English words Billa and haga and means Billa's enclosure and suggests that the woodland was attached to an Anglo-Saxon farm belonging to Billa. Further mention was made in a document released upon the death of Thomas de Furnival in 1332 when Beeley Wood was named as one of eleven locations under the heading of Woods and Commons.
Under this agreement people were allowed to graze their animals in the wood. However, by the 16th century Beeley Wood had become a coppice wood in which the pasturing of animals was discouraged. At the end of the 16th century Beeley Wood was one of eleven coppice woods in Sheffield which were mentioned in a document drawn up for Gilbert Talbot, 7th Earl of Shrewsbury. By the 1890s the coppicing of Beeley Wood along with the other coppice woods in Sheffield was coming to an end because of reduced profits and woodland management problems; the wood was allowed to become a "high forest" with the strongest growth of a coppiced tree allowed to grow into a grown standard tree. Many of the older and sickly trees were cleared away at this time and replaced by saplings of trees that were not native to the Sheffield area, such as beech, sweet chestnut, common lime and sycamore. In late 1898 the Duke of Norfolk's forester planted Beeley Wood with 60 acres of timber trees such as ash, sycamore, lime, sweet chestnut and beech.
The young trees were ordered from a nursery in Cheshire and were delivered to Wadsley Bridge railway station. In 2011 the Forestry Commission approved funding for a five-year plan to improve the unmanaged habitat of the wood. In February 2016 the Environment Agency removed the middle two-thirds of Beeley Wood Lower Weir on the River Don as part of a scheme to allow the free migration of fish and let the river return to a more natural form. Although not apparent today, Beeley Wood was once an area of industry with mining and quarrying taking place. Ganister was the material, mined; the Drift mining method was used because of the slope of the land in Beeley Wood and the mines went into the hillside for a long way and to a great depth. The fact that the wood is on a slope enabled gravity trackways to be used to transport the Ganister down to the valley bottom; the Ganister was quarried in at least one location in the woods and the overgrown remnants of a large quarry can still be seen today. The largest of the mines was the Beeley Wood Mine, owned by the Silica Fire Brick Company and managed by J.
T. Minnis for many years, in the 1920s and 1930s over 30 workers were employed and 12 ponies were used. In recent years the Coal Authority have inspected and fenced off various old shafts in the upper part of the wood. There is other industry on the eastern fringes of the wood with the Beeley Wood Works situated at the end of Clay Wheels Lane, this is occupied by the Abbey Stainless Steel Company but has a long history dating back to 1749 when it was known as the Nova Scotia Tilt Company. For many years there was a large Union Carbide factory in this area manufacturing carbon electrodes for the steel industry, graphite rods for the nuclear industry and related products but this closed several years ago with the site lying disused for some time. In 1976 the plant employed 850 people with a subsidiary works in W