Saturday, August 24, 2013

Rough cut

Director Kulikar Sotho is hands on with one of the film's main characters, actress Dy Saveth during rehearsals
I enjoyed a rare opportunity this afternoon. To watch a director's cut of a feature movie and then to give my feedback to the director herself on the spot. How often does that happen? Debutant Khmer film director Kulikar Sotho is in the final editing process with The Last Reel - a story of modern-day Cambodia seen through the eyes of one family - and wanted some audience views on the latest rough cut of the film. It was fascinating to listen to her and the film's story-writer as they responded to the comments and questions from the small invited audience, with a mix of Khmer and foreign members. All I will say at the moment is that it's a fascinating story and the characters are an interesting mix, with a great performance from the film's main star. The editing process will continue with a target of submitting the movie to some of the most prestigious film festivals around the globe in the near future.

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