Directed by Marc Eberle
Duration 75’ | English, Khmer with English subtitles
Production Country and Year: Australia/UK, 2015
Produced by: Flaming Star Films, Ronachan Films
Producers: Marc Eberle, Richard Kuipers
Director of Photography: Marc Eberle
Sound: Sopharoath Yi
Editor: Andrea Lang
Contact: Flaming Star Films
In 2009 at a Phnom Penh karaoke, Australian musician Julien Poulson hears the extraordinary voice of a poor village girl Srey Thy. Srey Thy, also known as Kak Channthy, adores the rock’n’roll classics from Cambodia. The result is tempestuous cross-cultural romance and the birth of The Cambodian Space Project, a thrilling musical explosion that wows audiences worldwide with sounds from the 1960s and ‘70s golden age of Cambodian rock. Filmed over 5 years, this intimate documentary takes us on a journey through Channty’s life telling the joyful, sad, uplifting and striking tale of a struggling performer whose path from obscurity, poverty and trauma to relative fame and no fortune has never been easy.
Marc Eberle has been living in Cambodia for the past 17 years and has made numerous films in Cambodia and surrounding countries. He has also directed and produced three music videos for The Cambodian Space Project.
Colin Bass, friend and musical collaborator of Kak Channthy will make a personal introduction before the screening.
Kak Channthy passed away suddenly in a road accident in March 2018. This is a tribute screening honouring her life and incredible body of work.