Trade of Innocents
Director of Photography Philip Hurn shed some light on their decision to film in Thailand. "We decided to shoot on location in Thailand (as Cambodia). The art department, lead by production designer Mona Nahm, had this enormous task of building a realistic replica of one of the temples of Angkor Wat in Siam Reap, Cambodia. We nicknamed it “Foam Core Wat”, because it was primarily built out of bamboo framing and carved foam and took one month to build for one day of shooting! It pained me to see a detail that must have taken hours to carve, just out of frame, but the story and action had to come first. Most of our shooting took place in and around Bangkok and our goal was to find locations that would pass for the small city of Siam Reap, Cambodia. We did a lot of shooting in the French Quarter and China Town that had early French colonial influences. One location in particular was the old bicycle shop. This involves the little girl who has befriended the couple who live upstairs from her. The building was at least 150 years old and when we shot upstairs we were limited to about 20 cast and crew together for fear the floor might collapse!"
Pity that the man in charge of photography didn't take the time to check the correct spelling of Siem Reap. If the film plays a part in highlighting and reducing sex slavery, then it'll be worth it. Though disappointingly, no one in Cambodia, the backdrop to the film, benefited from the production, as far as I can tell. You can read more about the film at their website.
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