Hanuman Films Blog

A proven track record of production success in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam and across the Southeast Asia region

Brother Number One doing the rounds

The Documentary Film ‘Brother Number One’ has been doing the rounds at a raft of international film festivals over the past few months and look to be entering yet another one to the list at the end of the month in France.

The story of New Zealand rower Rob Hamill’s search for the truth behind his brother Kerry Hamill’s imprisonment and execution at the notorious S-21 Prison in Phnom Penh. Rob Hamill rose to fame in his native New Zealand as an Olympic rower and later went on to row around the world, as featured in his book The Naked Rower. He decided to return to Cambodia to discover what really happened to his brother Kerry and his two friends after their boat, The Foxy Lady, drifted into Cambodian waters in 1978.

Returning to Cambodia was a highly emotional journey for Rob and the film crew. As well as travelling to locations as diverse as Koh Tang Island, Tuol Sleng Prison and the former Khmer Rouge stronghold of Pailin, Rob also confronted Comrade Duch, former Commandant of S-21 Prison, at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal in Phnom Penh. Line Producer Kulikar Sotho became increasingly involved in the film, as she sought to help Rob discover the truth and in turn learn more about the disappearance of her Father, her Uncle and other relatives during the Khmer Rouge period in Cambodia. Together they uncovered more information about the death of loved ones as they journeyed through Cambodia confronting former revolutionaries about their role in the time of Democratic Kampuchea.

Premiered in Auckland in July 2011, it has received widespread from film critics and is being earmarked for film festivals and a general release in New Zealand and Australia. Hanuman Films was intimately involved in this production with Kulikar Sotho working as Line Producer and joining Rob Hamill on screen as he journeyed into a painful past. Hanuman also provided permissions and logistical support throughout the shoot.

Now the director Annie Goldson is heading to the international festival of audiovisual programs in France at the end of this month to screen the film.

Here are the screening locations and times:

Friday 27 January

Gamaritz ( Gare du Midi )       8:15pm

Saturday 28 January

Auditorium (La Bellevue )        9:30am


More information on the film at the festival can be found at the official festival website


We would like to wish Annie and Rob the best of luck at yet another international film festival.


Wish you were here at Sundance Film Festival

It is only 8 days to go before Wish You Were Here has its world premiere at Sundance!

Heres the trailer for the film and some info on Hanuman Film’s involvement.

A major independent Australian feature film directed by Kieran Darcy-Smith, Wish You Were Here stars Joel Edgerton and Teresa Palmer. Originally shot with the working title Say Nothing, the crew spent two weeks filming in Cambodia in January 2011. The story of two young couples on a carefree holiday in Cambodia, only three of the four traveller return. As the drama unfolds in Sydney between the three survivors, flashbacks take us to Cambodia to unravel the mysterious disappearance.

Hanuman Films was chosen as the partner for local production servicing in Cambodia. The original scout took place in August 2010 with Location Manger Nick Ray working closely with Director Kieran Darcy Smith, Producer Angie Fielder and Line Producer Michael Cody. All locations in Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville were finalised at this time and the preparations began. Some elements of the script were quite sensitive, including a hedonistic beach party, an underage brothel-bar and a street fight resulting in the death of an international traveller. However, Hanuman Films was able to ensure a successful shoot through careful negotiations with the relevant authorities.

The Cambodia shoot involved several complicated night scenes, with the crew rolling through the night. The beach party was a controlled live event with real backpackers mixed in with extras and actors and was a major success. Other night scenes took place in remote suburbs of Sihanoukville and involved careful noise and crowd control as the action unfolded.

As well as a host of celebrated international actors, the production worked with a number of leading Vietnamese and Cambodian actors and a host of extras sourced in Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville. Most of the support crew, including grips and gaffers, costume and make-up, were also sourced within Cambodia. The majority of the film was shot on a Canon 5D Mark II, a camera that Hanuman Films can supply here in Cambodia, together with our newer Sony PMW EX1R.

We have a new Website!

After months of hard work , we can now proudly present the new look Hanuman Films website


Please press F5 if you have previously visited the old website to refresh to the new one.

The new website features all our latest credits, as well as never seen before production photos, videos and a raft of filming information in the Mekong Region.

Please let us know your thoughts, good or bad which you may have on the new site.




Hanuman Films Introduction

Hanuman Films is the most experienced production servicing company in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. Hanuman Films has been operating since 2000 and has worked on more than 100 productions large and small. We have worked with some of the biggest names in the industry including Paramount, Angelina Jolie, BBC, Jeremy Clarkson, Discovery, Gordon Ramsay, Nat Geo, Charlie Boorman, Radical Media, Pepsi and Daniel Craig. Film-making is about passion and imagination and no-one is more passionate about the Mekong region than Hanuman Films. Let us share our expertise, that elusive combination of knowledge and experience, to ensure a successful shoot. From a floating village at Angkor Wat for Tomb Raider to converting motorbikes into boats to explore Halong Bay for Top Gear, it’s all in a day’s work at Hanuman Films.



The Hanuman Films Blog

To Co-incide with the launch of our new website this month, we are pleased to announce this new blog which will keep you up to date with all the latest news from Hanuman Films and the Film and Television industry in Cambodia.


We will be taking you behind the scenes on all our current productions and keeping you involved every step of the way. We will do this in the way by blogging news, articles,Stories, pictures, videos, and any other info which we think you will be excited to hear.


The end of 2011 saw a busy year for us as we worked on 2 feature films, 2 BBC Documentaries, our first 3D production with Discovery Channel, a German TV shoot, a Photoshoot for Bergdorf Goodman and countless Corporate and Event Videos. We attended Broadcast Asia 2011 in Singapore to spread the news about film making in the mekong region and also meet new partners. We topped of the year by co-producing our very own feature film for the first time with our executive director Kulikar Sotho at the helm. The film will shake up the Film scene in Cambodia and at international Film Festivals in 2012 with its original and dark potrayal of a modern day Cambodian love story based around the Water Festival.


As Hanuman Films grows strength by strength and expands rapidly into the future as not only the top Film and Television servicing company in Cambodia but also as a Production company.We now have our own film equipment with the Broadcast standard Sony EX1R Camera aswell as continuing our partnerships with the large gear rental companies based in Phnom Penh.


We would like to encourage to the upmost, reader participation so if you have any questions or comments we would love to hear from you.


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