Two Brothers (Deux Frères)

Pathé Films, 2001-2003

Jean-Jacques Annaud’s Two Brothers, starring Guy Pearce, is the story of two young tigers in colonial Cambodia and their struggle for survival in a human world. A Disneyesque plot it may be, but it is beautifully shot around the temples of Angkor and some groundbreaking locations in north-east Cambodia.

Nick Ray worked as Location Scout on Two Brothers, selecting the locations throughout Cambodia. Nick scouted with JJ around the temples of Angkor for a week in summer 2001, before the director returned with Producer Xavier Castano in late-2001 for a second scout of principal locations. JJ and Nick made two motorbike assaults on the remote jungle temple of Preah Khan in Preah Vihear province, but eventually had to concede defeat after some memorable adventures and take a helicopter instead.

From Spring 2002, Nick worked with First Assistant Director Christophe Cheysson, tracking down locations throughout Cambodia. Regions of Cambodia covered included Battambang, Kampot, Kratie, Kompong Cham, Mondulkiri and Ratanakiri. In April, JJ returned with a team of personnel for a full technical scout throughout Cambodia to select the final shortlist of locations. By May, most of the locations were finalised ready for the shoot in October, but Nick was unable to work with the production crew due to prior work commitments in Uganda and Rwanda on behalf of Lonely Planet.

Kulikar Sotho worked on the full technical scout, arranging all logistics such as accommodation, transport and catering. She also worked as a facilitator and translator for the team on their travels around Cambodia in April and May. Two Brothers was released in 2004.

Locations: Battambang, Kampot, Kratie, Kampong Cham, Mondulkiri, Ratanakiri

Talent: Director Jean-Jacques Annaud, Guy Pearce, Jean-Claude Dreyfus, the tigers