Saturday, July 28, 2012
Sleepy Kampot in the southern region of Cambodia, seems to hold an attraction for film-makers. A couple of years ago the film, The Road to Freedom was shot in the area and now another film, Age of the Hobbits, is being filmed near Bokor Mountain. It's not a big blockbuster, in fact it's a relatively-cheap imitation film which they call a mockbuster, essentially films very close in theme and title to an impending big-screen blockbuster, which are released straight to DVD to capitalize on the interest and name of their bigger and considerably better near-namesake. I didn't even know it existed until very recently and it sounds like an absolutely crap idea to me. This version is trying to cash in on the Peter Jackson movie The Hobbit, which should be released to theaters in December. The makers of these mockbusters try to get their DVDs out before the original and hope that people buy/rent them by mistake. Now in anyone's book that has got to be the bum end of the whole movie crapola. However, trying to be positive, because the film is being made in Cambodia, it does mean work for over 100 actors, extras and crew members in-country, which is a boon for them of course. Why do I get the feeling that this might just be the first of many mockbusters finding their way here.