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06th May 2018

The star and Irish director of powerful documentary talk about friends who were arrested after the movie’s release

Rory Cashin

“I don’t know what might happen if I were to go back there now.”

The Big Reviewski has another Bonus Feature episode this week, as we have another uncut conversation with the folks involved in the latest cinema releases.

Our first Bonus Feature featured the director and star of Irish zombie movie The Cured (which you can check out right here), and it included a long chat about the future of horror movies, especially the future of Irish horror movies.

In this latest Bonus Features episode, we sat down with the director and star of the powerful new documentary A Cambodian Spring.

Director Chris Kelly is actually from County Derry, and he explained how he ended up behind-the-camera for one of the most talked-about documentaries of the year, telling the story of how Cambodia has become a hotbed of chaotic and violent development following a recent governmental upheaval.

Joining him is the movie’s star, the Venerable Luon Sovath. “Star” feels like the wrong word, as director Kelly follows Sovath, a Buddhist Monk, around his home country, and viewing the country through his eyes, from the tourist paradise it once was, to the current state the nation finds itself in right now.

The duo reveal an awful lot about themselves, not least of which they both talk of friends who found themselves arrested following the movie’s release.

It is a hugely interesting and thoroughly thought-provoking conversation that is an absolute must-listen for any fans of the documentary genre. You can hear the interview in full right here:

A Cambodian Spring is in cinemas right now, and you can check out the trailer for the documentary right here:

Clip via IndieWire

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