Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Late night shooting

No, it's not a gun battle on the streets of Phnom Penh. Not on this occasion. I've been waiting patiently to see the new movie being made by first-time director Kulikar Sotho, called The Last Reel, though all of the shooting so far has been in Siem Reap and out at Tonle Bati. Whilst on my way home from The Flicks yesterday, after I watched the latest episode of Game of Thrones, I saw what looked like a film-shoot taking place on a sidestreet off Monivong Boulevard. It involved an actress on a motorbike holding onto a big stuffed teddy-bear with the film crew squashed on the back of a small truck trailer holding onto one large spotlight. It was past 10pm and I presumed it was a karaoke film-shoot (girl, teddy-bear, argument with boyfriend, etc), so I didn't hang around. It wasn't until this morning that I found out it was actually The Last Reel team taking advantage of the late night empty streets to get a few scenes completed after they returned from Tonle Bati. Grrr... That'll teach me to pay closer attention. Filming continues for much of this month in Phnom Penh before the crew decamp to Battambang to shoot a series of scenes in a dilapidated cinema theater. To view the film brochure from The Last Reel, click here.

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