Hanuman Films began life in 2000 with the arrival of Paramount British Pictures in Cambodia for the making of Tomb Raider. Kulikar Sotho, Executive Director of a leading Cambodian destination management company (DMC), and Nick Ray, a long-time writer with Lonely Planet Publications and author of numerous guidebooks to Cambodia, were chosen by Paramount to work as Line Producer and Location Manager respectively. Both Kulikar and Nick had already worked on documentaries and film scouts, but the arrival of such a major project propelled them into establishing a dedicated film servicing company, Hanuman Films.
Hanuman Films was formed with assistance and advice from Paramount. After a successful wrap on Tomb Raider, the first major international feature film to be shot in Cambodia since 1964, Kulikar and Nick decided to continue Hanuman Films as an independent servicing company covering the Mekong region. As word of Tomb Raider’s success in Cambodia spread, so too did the reputation of Hanuman Films as the company that would assure a smooth shoot in this up and coming destination. Soon documentaries were approaching Hanuman Films for advice and assistance and before long celebrated international director Jean-Jacques Annaud visited Cambodia to seek locations for his latest film Two Brothers. This period also saw Hanuman Films move into Commercials (TVCs), successfully making the first major international commercial at Angkor Wat for Dragonair and making the Pepsi commercial for the European Championships in 2008.
In the years since, Hanuman Films has become an official vendor for the BBC, working on flagship shows such as Top Gear Vietnam, Timewatch Pol Pot, Horizon Pandemic and Around the World in 80 Treasures. With more than a dozen major BBC credits under our belt, we have worked with many leading celebrities including Jeremy Clarkson, Charley Boorman, Gordon Ramsay and Samantha Brown. As well as the BBC, we have also worked on productions with Nat Geo, Discovery, the Travel Channel, ZDF, RTF and a diverse range of film-makers from more than 20 countries.
More recently Hanuman Films has branched out into co-production and full production. We worked on a co-production with Australian film-makers Amiel Courtin-Wilson and Michael Cody. Michael Cody worked with us on Australian independent feature film ‘Wish You Were Here” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2012. Amiel Courtin-Wilson’s ‘Hail’ was selected for the Venice Film Festival 2011 and has generated a huge buzz as a genre-bending film. ‘Ruin’ was awared the Special Orizzonti Jury Prize at the 2013 Venice Film Festival. 2013 also saw Hanuman Films move into full production on ‘The Last Reel’ which is set for release in 2014. Filmed entirely in Khmer with English and French subtitles, it promises to be the most important Cambodian film to emerge in the post- civil war era. Hanuman Films recently came full circle in teaming up with respected US producer Lloyd Levin who had first come to Cambodia with Tomb Raider and was instrumental in helping to set up Hanuman Films. Lloyd came onboard The Last Reel as Executive Producer and is working closely with Hanuman Films to bring more international productions to Cambodia.
Hanuman Films is one of the only dedicated film servicing companies based in Cambodia today. We have the knowledge, we have the experience and are ready to share it with film-makers across the globe to ensure Cambodia becomes a leading location for feature films, documentaries and commercials in the years to come. We not only know Cambodia inside-out and how to ensure the success of a production here, but through our extensive travels in the Mekong region, we also know the best locations in neighbouring countries such as Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam. Supervising one of the leading travel companies in the Mekong region, Kulikar Sotho needs to have a close relationship with the authorities, the hotels and the transportation companies. Writing guidebooks for Lonely Planet, Nick Ray needs to stay ahead of the game in the Mekong region, seeking out lost temples, new beaches and hidden waterfalls. Coupled with a very experienced team on the ground, this makes Hanuman Films a real force when it comes to finding the right locations for a production and sorting out the logistics to ensure the shoot runs seamlessly.
Hanuman Films is the most experienced production servicing company based in Cambodia with more international production credits than any other company in the kingdom.
Hanuman Films is your trusted production partner in the Mekong Region.
Hanuman Films is part of the Hanuman Group (www.hanuman-group.com), which includes Hanuman Travel, HanumanAlaya Boutique Residence and Hanuman Fine Arts. Hanuman has been at the forefront of tourism development in Cambodia and the Mekong region since the company began life as a travel consultancy in 1990. Today it is one of the most trusted tour operators and remains, true to its origins, locally-owned and locally-operated. The senior staff at the company have two decades of experience running innovative and imaginative tours to every corner of Indochina. That’s 20 years, so no-one knows Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam quite like Hanuman, as no other company has explored in such depth, travelling to the furthest reaches of the most remote provinces in order to bring the best of Indochina to the world.
Hanuman expanded rapidly during the United Nations time in Cambodia. During this period, Hanuman was responsible for the ticketing and travel arrangements of more than 7500 troops and personnel working for the United Nations. During the 1990s, Hanuman expanded into the neighbouring countries of Laos and Vietnam, offering a selection of tailor-made experiences around the region. With an eye for detail, attentive service and a selection of original experiences, Hanuman grew rapidly, finding new partners all over the world. More recently, Hanuman opened its very own hotel in Siem Reap, Hanumanalaya (www.hanumanalaya.com), Angkor’s Boutique Residence.
The transformation of Hanuman into the dynamic company it is today has been achieved thanks to the hard work, dedication and commitment of its staff. Our staff has grown from a Mother and daughter team in 1990 to more than 100 today in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and the Mekong region. We will continue to innovate, developing new products for the discerning traveller to ensure our tours remain ahead of the competition. We want to make a name for ourselves in the Mekong region, a local company with international standards, competing on level terms with the biggest players in the business.