Wish You Were Here

Aquarius Films & Blue Tongue Films, Jan 2011

A major independent Australian feature film directed by Kieran Darcy-Smith, Wish You Were Here stars Joel Edgerton and Teresa Palmer. Originally shot with the working title Say Nothing, the crew spent two weeks filming in Cambodia in 2011. The story of two young couples on a carefree holiday in Cambodia, only three of the four traveller return. As the drama unfolds in Sydney between the three survivors, flashbacks take us to Cambodia to unravel the mysterious disappearance.

Hanuman Films was chosen as the partner for local production servicing in Cambodia. The original scout took place in 2010 with Location Manger Nick Ray working closely with Director Kieran Darcy-Smith, Producer Angie Fielder and Line Producer Michael Cody. All locations in Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville were finalised at this time and the preparations began. Some elements of the script were quite sensitive, including a hedonistic beach party, an underage brothel-bar and a street fight resulting in the death of an international traveller. However, Hanuman Films was able to ensure a successful shoot through careful negotiations with the relevant authorities.

The Cambodia shoot involved several complicated night scenes, with the crew rolling through the night. The beach party was a controlled live event with real backpackers mixed in with extras and actors and was a major success. Other night scenes took place in remote suburbs of Sihanoukville and involved careful noise and crowd control as the action unfolded.

As well as a host of celebrated international actors, the production worked with a number of leading Vietnamese and Cambodian actors and a host of extras sourced in Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville. Most of the support crew, including grips and gaffers, costume and make-up, were also sourced within Cambodia. The majority of the film was shot on a Canon 5D Mark II, a camera that Hanuman Films can supply here in Cambodia.

Locations: Phnom Penh, Kampot, Sihanoukville, including Otres & Occheuteal Beaches

Talent: Director Kieran Darcy-Smith, Joel Edgerton, Teresa Palmer, Felicity Price