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About Hanuman Films
Hanuman Films is the only dedicated film servicing and locations company active in the Kingdom of Cambodia. No other company has the experience of coordinating a major feature film in Cambodia. We offer a range of services for television and film crews, including location scouts, filming permissions, import/re-export of technical equipment, interpreters, transportation co-ordination, accommodation and flight booking and personnel recruitment. We are also available to source technical equipment from around the region, helping to keep costs within budget.
Tomb Raider
In 2000, Hanuman Films was selected to service Tomb Raider, the first Hollywood production to come to Cambodia since Lord Jim in 1964. It involved a two month prep period for 8 days of shooting in and around the temples of Angkor. A crew of 150 personnel flew in from the UK, including actors Angelina Jolie and Ian Glen and Director Simon West. Together with a local support team of more than 500, the shoot went seamlessly putting Cambodia firmly on the map as a new destination for filming in Asia.

Hanuman Films arranged everything for the crew, including filming permissions, import/re-export of nine containers of equipment, supply of technical equipment from Thailand, all accommodation and transport, all local crew and all facilities for the various departments. Hanuman team Sotho Kulikar and Nick Ray were Fixer and Location Manager respectively. Thailand may have been shot to death, but Cambodia has not and with a government eager to encourage filming, it is Asia's new hotspot for director's looking for something original.
Nick Ray, Locations Director with Hanuman Films, was entrusted with finding many of the locations used in the filming of Two Brothers, the new film by Jean-Jacques Annaud. Set in Cambodia in the 1920s, the film tells the stories of two tigers who end up in captivity, one as a circus performer, the other as a pet to the royal family. Eventually the brothers are reunited to fight in Phnom Penh but escape to begin a crime spree around the kingdom. It follows on from Annaud's success with The Bear in 1988, Seven Years in Tibet in 1996 and Enemy at the Gates in 2001.
Nick worked with Jean-Jacques on two solo scouts, spending two-weeks exploring the remote temples of Siem Reap and Preah Vihear province in 4WDs or on motorbikes. He later worked with First AD Christophe Cheysson for six weeks, travelling all over Cambodia to select sites from Mondulkiri to Battambang. Two Brothers is scheduled to finish shooting in Cambodia in March 2003 and is due for release in Spring 2004.
Hanuman Films has worked closely with production teams on a number of shows for international television. We spent three weeks with Ian Wright and the Lonely Planet Television crew for the making of the Cambodia programme. Made by Pilot Productions of the UK for the Discovery Channel, Cambodia turned out to be Ian Wright's favourite destination of all time and he has seen a few places! Nick Ray chose all the locations to be used in the shoot. Kulikar Sotho arranged all the permissions for the shoot and accompanied the crew as fixer and translator throughout.Over shows Hanuman Films have been involved in include Wish You Were Here? for the UK's ITV, Race The World for ITV2 of the UK and several landmark documentaries on the Khmer Rouge and Cambodia's recent history for the Discovery Channel. Right now we are engaged in preparation for the arrival of the BBC's Holiday programme.
Cambodia has incredible potential for commercial shoots as almost none have been shot here, making it ripe territory for adventurous directors. Hanuman Films arranged everything for the Dragon Air shoot at Angkor in summer 2002. This was the first commercial to be shot at Angkor Wat and was only possible due to our sensitivity towards this magnificent temple and our reputation as a company that can be trusted with historic locations in the kingdom of Cambodia. Kulikar Sotho arranged all permissions for the shoot and accompanied the crew throughout. We also worked on a USAID-funded landmines awareness commercial put together by Warner Brothers in 2002. If you want to shoot a commercial in Cambodia, Hanuman Films are the people to speak to about getting the job done.
Hanuman is a member of the Cambodian Association of Travel Agents and the Cambodian Community-based Ecotourism Network. Hanuman was cited in ‘The Guide to Responsible Tourism in Cambodia, Laos & Vietnam'.
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