Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Cambodian Soap Operas

Just before I left for Cambodia, earlier this year, I read an article about a British television producer, one of the people behind the iconic show Eastenders, who had moved to Cambodia and was now producing soap operas there.

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Once I was in Cambodia, I began to watch some local television, and my favourite was an historical soap opera set during Angkorean times, which caused many arguments between me and my Cambodian friends. They tended to prefer Indian soaps and the endless Chinese version of Monkey that is on five nights a week and can be watched, dubbed, in almost any country in Asia.
While there I also received a call from a young Australian documentary maker called Walter McIntosh, who had come to Cambodia to make a documentary about the very man I had found out about months before - Matthew Robinson, the "Pope of Soap." For various reasons Walter and I never got to meet, which was sad because I very rarely get to meet another Walter under the age of 80.
I was excited to see, however, the fantastic teaser he has put together for the docco. Have a look at it for yourself:

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