Austin Stevens: Snakemaster

Tigress Productions for Animal Planet, 2005

Austin Stevens gets up close and personal with the snakes of Cambodia in this popular Animal Planet series. For the Cambodia episode, the crew spent two weeks with Fixer Nick Ray, filming in the mangrove swamps of Ream National Park, the lost jungle temple of Beng Mealea and the River of a Thousand Lingas at Kbal Spean. Working with a Russian snake specialist, the show featured several of Cambodia’s most dangerous snakes, including the banded krait and the Malayan pit viper, also nicknamed nature’s landmine due to its explosive bite.

Hanuman Films arranged all the permissions and logistics for the crew throughout Cambodia. This included a luxury tented camp in the bush for the week-long shoot at the remote temple of Beng Mealea, complete with showers, toilets and catering. The shoot went very successfully and included a number of local crew for lighting and smoke effects.

Locations: Ream National Park, Temples of Angkor, Beng Mealea, Kbal Spean

Talent: Presenter Austin Stevens, Beng Mealea Temple