Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Time Out picks The Last Reel

Legendary actress Dy Saveth plays the mother in The Last Reel
Time Out New York Picks The Last Reel as one of its Top 10 Films, no less!
The New York Asian Film Festival (‪#‎NYAFF‬) gets underway in NYC and Time Out New York has picked The Last Reel as one of their Top 10 films at the festival: http://www.timeout.com/newyork/movies/the-10-best-movies-at-the-2015-new-york-asian-film-festival
Showtime for The Last Reel is 8.15pm on Sunday 5 July at the Film Society of the Lincoln Center, NY.
If you have been living under a rock in recent months, I will recap. The Last Reel is a story of love, life and a broken society trying to heal by first-time Cambodian female director Kulikar Sotho. It is on the film festival circuit all over the globe at the moment - winning prizes in Tokyoand Italy and will be out in Cambodian cinemas from 4 September. Visit the film's website @ http://www.thelastreel.info. 

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Monday, June 29, 2015

New season to begin soon

I try to avoid too much talk on football on this blog, but due to changing my job to being the full-time media man for Phnom Penh Crown, my time has been spent on little else this past month. Especially as the Cambodian football season will begin in earnest this Thursday with our first game at our new RSN Stadium in Toul Kork (pictured above). I urge any Phnom Penh-based readers to come along and watch under the lights at 6pm. It promises to be SPECTACULAR.
Here are the fixtures for PPCFC this season.
Round 1:
Thu 2 July vs Boeung Ket @ RSN Stadium 6pm *LIVE
Sun 5 July vs Nagaworld @ RSN 6pm
Thu 9 July vs Cambodian Tiger @ RSN 6pm *LIVE
Sun 12 Jul vs Asia Europe @ RSN 6pm
Wed 15 Jul vs Army @ RSN 6pm *LIVE
Sat 18 Jul vs CMAC @ RSN 6pm *LIVE
Thu 23 Jul vs Kirivong @ Tonle Bati 3.30pm
Sat 25 Jul vs Western @ Western Stadium 3.30pm
Wed 29 Jul vs BBU @ RSN 6pm
Sat 1 Aug vs National Police @ Army Stadium 3.30pm *LIVE
Wed 5 Aug vs Svay Rieng @ Svay Rieng 6pm LIVE.
Round 2:
Sat 8 Aug vs Svay Rieng @ RSN 6pm
Wed 12 Aug vs Nagaworld @ Olympic 3.30pm
Sat 15 Aug vs Cambodian Tiger @ Western 3.30pm
Sat 12 Sep vs Asia Europe @ RSN 6pm
Wed 16 Sep vs Army @ Army 3.30pm
Sat 19 Sep vs CMAC @ Olympic 3.30pm *LIVE
Thu 24 Sep vs Kirivong @ RSN 6pm
Sat 26 Sep vs Western @ RSN 6pm
Wed 30 Sep vs BBU @ Olympic 6pm
Sat 17 Oct vs National Police @ RSN 6pm
Thu 22 Oct vs Boeung Ket @ Army 3.30pm.
Play-off dates: 28 & 31 Oct, 21 & 22 Nov and Final on 6 Dec.

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Ghost Money by Andrew Nette

Cambodia, 1996, the long-running Khmer Rouge insurgency is fragmenting, competing factions of the unstable government scrambling to gain the upper hand. Missing in the chaos is businessmen Charles Avery. Hired to find him is Vietnamese Australian ex-cop Max Quinlan. But Avery has made dangerous enemies and Quinlan is not the only one looking. Teaming up a Cambodian journalist, Quinlan's search takes him from the freewheeling capital Phnom Penh to the battle scarred western borderlands. As the political temperature soars, he is slowly drawn into a mystery that plunges him into the heart of Cambodia's bloody past. Ghost Money is a crime novel, but it's also about Cambodia in the mid-nineties, a broken country, what happens to those trapped between two periods of history, the choices they make, what they do to survive.  Christopher G Moore, the author of Zero Hour in Phnom Penh says of the book: ‘Ghost Money captures elements of the noir darkness of that unstable, chaotic time of transition during the mid-nineties in Cambodia. Ghost Money is written by Andrew Nette. It was first published in the USA in 2012 and is now re-published by the Hong Kong-based Crime Wave Press.

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Saturday, June 6, 2015

RSN opens its doors

Rumnea as cheerleader
Great opening day on Friday at RSN Stadium. Everything went swimmingly well, despite a 10-minute power cut at half time during PPCFC's 0-0 draw with Frenz United. Chonburi beat Muangthong 5-1 and both games had much to offer the fans.
2nd day of the RSN Youth Cup on Saturday. 2nd goalless draw for the PPCFC Academy, this time against free-scoring Chonburi from Thailand. A very good result for the home side to hold the same team that won 8-3 in Cambodia last year. Now the destination of the cup rests on the final day. PPCFC (on 2pts) meet Muangthong at 6pm, while the two teams on 4pts each meet in what could be the decider at 4pm, Frenz v Chonburi. Worth coming along and seeing these excellent young footballers strutting their stuff at the new RSN Stadium in Toul Kork.
Rumnea has been running around making herself very busy, cheerleading the young fans in the grandstand, helping out with the half-time penalty competition, clocking in the visiting media and still shouting louder than anyone else.

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Friday, June 5, 2015

Krom on

Book this into your diary:
KROM will be live at Meta House on 20 June @ 7PM
A special rare live performance of Phnom Penh band KROM presenting new works from their forthcoming third album Mekong Delta Blues.
Not only will KROM be playing live but they recently released their latest single, CAMBODIA. You can catch the magical Sophea Chamroeun on main vocals, with Christopher Minko backing @ https://metalpostcard.bandcamp.com/album/krom-cambodia. I'm sure you will love it.


Busy bee

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I've been a bit swamped with changing my job after eight years, waving goodbye to Hanuman Travel and Films, and the first week at Phnom Penh Crown and to cap it all we have a tournament at our new stadium, so its been a bit hectic. Here's the tournament flyer, RSN Youth Cup, with teams from Thailand and Malaysia coming to join PPCFC for a 3-day U-18 tournament this coming weekend. Join us if you can or watch the games live on BTV.


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