The Reel deal
Cambodia's Sotho lines-up Om-Tuk, Last Reel - by Sandy George (Screen Daily)
Filming wraps in a few days in Cambodia on the international co-production Om-Tuk which Australian writer/directors Amiel Courtin-Wilson and Michael Cody are producing alongside Phnom Penh-based Kulikar Sotho. Sotho is also gearing up to direct her first feature, The Last Reel, written and produced by the UK’s Ian Masters. She co-owns Hanuman Films, a service company that first worked on Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and most recently on the Australian drama Wish You Were Here. Om-Tuk is being filmed in the Khmer language and focuses on two young Cambodians who are not accepted by society and find it difficult to trust anyone because of the trauma they have experienced.
The Last Reel will tell a universal story of contemporary inter-generational conflict but also looks back at Cambodia’s painful past, namely the genocide and brutality of the 1970s. Sotho said about 60% of the budget was in place. “It is a story about the overwhelming human need for stories and storytelling as part of a healing process,” says Sotho. “If having watched our film, young people in Cambodia are inspired to talk to their parents about the past, and vice-versa, I believe that the film will have contributed to this healing process … There would be no greater reward for me than to inspire the next generation of Cambodians to become filmmakers.” Sotho said the film also sends the message that women should not be frowned upon for being independent in thought and action. The Khmer Rouge Tribunal is currently examining in Cambodia.