Friday, November 30, 2012

Big song and dance

With film director Roland Joffé at tonight's book launch
If you are going to launch a book, then make a big song and dance about it I say. So the launch of Phnom Penh Noir tonight was just the ticket. Excellent event, lots of interesting people, live music and even free drinks on tap. Can a book launch be this good again? Christopher G Moore was the perfect emcee, Roland Joffé spoke poignantly about Haing Ngor and Krom performed for only the second-ever time in public and did a darn good job. They fitted the noir theme perfectly. They performed three songs, the third was a combination with rap poet Kosal Khiev which came across very successfully, though I am far from being a fan of the quick-fire spoken word. Meanwhile Sophea's voice at the head of Krom was as sweet as it is on video. I met Roland Joffé briefly and he was the perfect gentleman, having time for everyone and I gave him a copy of my book as a small gift for the bounty he gave me with The Killing Fields and The Mission, two films that impacted massively on my life. A book launch to remember.
Christopher G Moore was mc for tonight's event
Roland Joffé tells an anecdote about Cambodian actor Haing Ngor

Krom on stage with the Chamroeun sisters

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