Friday, October 31, 2014

Making a splash

Kulikar & her award in Tokyo - AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA
Some fan-bloody-tastic news just reached me... The Last Reel, has just scooped a major award at the Tokyo International Film Festival! The movie, which is the directorial debut of Sotho Kulikar, has been awarded the prestigious Spirit of Asia award from the Japan Foundation Asia Center. It was the closing night and I know Kulikar and everyone there will be cock-a-hoop. So well deserved.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Final roll-call

LtoR: Ma Rynet, Dy Saveth, me, Sok Sothun, Hun Sophy
The four lead actors from The Last Reel, Kulikar Sotho's directorial debut, that will have its world premiere at the Tokyo International Film Festival on Sunday, gathered together for a prep meeting with me this evening before they fly to Japan on Saturday. I'm sure they'll all have a fabulous time. There will be two official screenings in Tokyo with Q&As with Kulikar and the actors after each screening. There will also be a press screening. The film will also been shown at the Singapore International Film Festival in early December and will have its Cambodian premiere at the same time. Next year, more festival screenings are planned.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Campbell on the mark

Comedy night at Equinox tonight was good value at $4 on the door, and three Australian stand-ups on the bill. Ro Campbell was last on and easily the best. Loved his rambling, cutting style, an excellent routine and among the top ten comics we've seen in Phnom Penh. His reputation preceded him and it was well deserved. I also liked the short set by the evening's opener from Marty Lappan. We could've been treated to more from Marty. Jon Bennett's cock show didn't do it for me, at all. Pictures of objects that look like a cock from around the globe is playground humour at best and his stand-up routine didn't win me over either. But you can't please all of the people all of the time, can you. Better luck next time. Campbell was on his second visit to Phnom Penh, having performed here in Sept 2012. I missed him first time around as I was in Central Asia, Tajikistan in fact, pulling my hair watching Phnom Penh Crown getting slaughtered in the AFC Presidents Cup.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014


The Hanuman ladies deliver the cake. LtoR: Sreymom, Chhrep, Rath, me, Sinat, Daroeurn, Vatey
A bigger cake arrived, courtesy of our friends at Raffles and presented by my colleagues. No mention of my age though, way too many numbers for anyone to contemplate anyway, so best left unsaid!
Very chocolaty cake, courtesy of Raffles Hotels - very nice people

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

1-day before

Nice touch from the lovely staff at NOM

Thanks to the folks at NOM cafe on Street 310 for their nice '1-day before' birthday cake. Its becoming something of a tradition. I get my coffee every morning from the lovely staff at NOM and the personal interaction with their customers is why.


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Keep an eye out for these

Savy's next single, Zero G will be available on iTunes, etc from 1 November. You can see the music video teaser @ Savy is a Cambodian-born pop singer who lives in California.

Sebastian Strangio's book, Hun Sen's Cambodia, should be in bookstores by the end of this month. Published by Yale Univ Press, its a look at Cambodia's recent troubled history under the longest-serving leader in modern history. David Chandler said of the book; " an absorbing, clear-eyed evaluation of Cambodia today." Definitely on my 'must read' list.

Another Comedy Club Cambodia will be hitting the stage at Equinox in Phnom Penh on Friday 17 October, kicking-off at 8.30pm. $4 on the door to get your ribs tickled by an Australian trio of mirthmen Ro Campbell, Jon Bennett and Marty Lappan, with Steven Halcrow as MC.

I've just found the two episodes of a new documentary on Angkor by the BBC, called Jungle Atlantis. Both were shown for the first time recently in the UK. and

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Friday, October 3, 2014

To the left of the comic's arse

Phnom Penh's comedy scene including the Brouwer Bros
I was way too preoccupied with Cambodia's gold medal success to notice that my brother Tim and myself are in the audience, concentrating hard it seems, to the comic on the stage in this picture by Derek Stout that appeared in the UK's online Telegraph newspaper website about comedy in Phnom Penh. We are to the left of the comic's arse, which some might say just about sum's up our lives to this point! You can read the whole article @

The gold medal came in Taekwondo and it was Cambodia's first medal of any variety in 44 years in the Asian Games. Take your bow, Sorn Seavmey. And here's the keys to the city.

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