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Cambodia seeks its inner Hollywood

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 01:35

Producers hope the new movie 'Sbek Gong' will jolt the country's film industry. Alicia Powell reports.

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Capitalizing on Cambodia cinema. Movie producers are hoping the new film "Sbek Gong" will be the first step to creating a successful film industry in the country. The supernatural action-comedy is filled with computer-generated effects which are new for Cambodian cinema. Film producer Leak Lyda says this is not the norm. SOUNDBITE: Leak Lyda, Cambodian film producer, saying (Khmer): "Now I see that the film market is beginning to expand, but if we talk about the quality, it is still short of international standard. We have just seen the Angkor Picture film which they have just finished filming, they spent and made it to be of international standard but most of our film makers including my production are limited in spending for making a film." Currently, all local films have to submit their scripts to the government's Cinema and Cultural Diffusion department. The department's director said he felt optimistic over the future of the Cambodian film industry. SOUNDBITE: Sin Chansaya, cinema and cultural diffusion department director, saying (Khmer): "The direction, acting, production of our films, we have stepped further towards international standards and our film directors are more qualified so I hope in the future we will have a lot more good films that meet the international standard for both national and international markets." "Sbek Gong" producers are in talks with cinema companies across the region and hope it will be seen on the international big screen.

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Cambodia seeks its inner Hollywood

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 01:35