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Cambodian Space Project - Not Easy Rock'n'Roll (a.k.a. "Rocking Cambodia: Rise of a Pop Diva")

A documentery by filmmaker Marc Eberle

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In a Phnom Penh karaoke bar in 2009 Australian musician Julien Poulson hears the extraordinary voice of poor village girl Srey Thy. 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 five years this intimate documentary tells the story of performers whose struggle to overcome poverty, trauma and obscurity has never been easy.

Srey Thy and Julien Poulson

Play Trailer

Cambodia Space Project - Not Easy Rock'n'Roll trailer

Screen Australia presents a Flaming Star Films and Ronachan Films Production with Flare Films in Association with The Australian Broadcasting Corporation Bbc Dr Svt "The Cambodian Space Project - Not Easy Rock'n'Roll" Editor Andrea Lang Graphics and animation by Tim Huys and Julia Goschke Line producers Lavinia Riachi and Val Campbell Executive Producers Sharyn Prentice and Angus Macqueen Produced by Richard Kuipers Directed produced and filmed by Marc Eberle

Logos: Flaming Star Films, Ronachan Films, TVF International, DR, Screen Australia, ABC, BBC, SVT
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The Team

Marc Eberle

Director, producer, cinematographer

Marc Eberle has been living in Cambodia for the past 14 years and has made numerous films in Cambodia and surrounding countries. For The Cambodian Space Project - Not Easy Rock'n'Roll Marc filmed Julien and Srey Thy for five years following the band's inception in 2009. Marc has directed documentaries for international broadcasters including HBO, BBC, ARTE, NDR, WDR, SWR, BR, MDR, ZDF and Discovery Channel. Marc produces reports from Southeast Asia for Dutch broadcaster VPRO and is curator of ChopShots International Documentary Film Festival in Jakarta. He has also directed and produced three music videos for The Cambodian Space Project.

Selected filmography

  • Aung San Suu Kyi: The Choice (2012, BBC/HBO)
  • The Most Secret Place on Earth - The CIA's Covert War in Laos (2009, ARTE, NDR/WDR) Nominated for Banff World Television Award
  • The Kalash-Daughters of the Hindukush / Die Kalash-Töchter des Hindukush (2006, ARTE/SWR) 3rd Prize, TV documentary competition, Trento Film Festival
  • In Foreign Service/ In fremden Diensten (2005, ARTE/BR)
  • Humboldt's Heirs-Atlantis of the Sands/ Humboldts Erben-Atlantis der Wüste (2003, ZDF)
  • Angkor-The Khmer's Heart of Stone/ Angkor-Steinernes Herz der Khmer (2002, ARTE/SWR)
  • Nepal's Sold out Daughters/ Nepals verkaufte Töchter (2001) "360° - Die GEO-Reportage".
Director Marc Eberle

Richard Kuipers


Richard Kuipers is a writer, film critic, film festival programmer and documentary filmmaker. Richard has been a film critic for the international trade paper Variety since 2004. He produced the national television programme The Movie Show on SBS TV Australia between 1992 and 2000. He has directed and produced documentaries including Stone Forever (1999, SBS/Hedon Films), a look at the famous Australian cult movie Stone (1974).

Richard has been guest programmer of Sydney Film Festival's Freak Me Out sidebar since 2011. He has curated science-fiction, horror and weird movie sidebars for festivals including Revelation Perth Film Festival. Richard has been advisor for the Goethe Institute's Festival of German Films in Australia since 2005. He has also served as feature film curator and historian for the Australian National Film and Sound Archive website australianscreen online.

Sharyn Prentice

Executive Producer

As Executive Producer and CEO of Flaming Star Films, Sharyn has developed and produced award winning documentaries and edgy half-hours in Australia and internationally for over 25 years.

Most recently Sharyn has executive produced/produced international co-production feature documentaries After Wave (SBS/Discovery UK) and The Cambodian Space Project (ABC/BBC/DR/SVT).

Other documentaries for television include A Thousand Encores: The Ballets Russes in Australia (ABC) with The Australian Ballet, Obsessed with Walking (ABC) about cultural provocateur and author Will Self, Tasmanian Devil: The Fast and Furious Life of Errol Flynn (ABC, BBC, ZDF/ARTE, YLE, AVRO etc) and international co-productions including the feature documentary See What Happens about legendary American filmmakers DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus (ZDF/ARTE, BBC, YLE etc), Beyond the Royal Veil ( SBS, ZDF ARTE), about two royal families of India, The Wedding Sari Showdown about an uncomfortable cultural clash at an Indian wedding, Holy Rollers (SBS) about religious pilgrimage in the Holy land and Visions of Yankalilla (SBS) about an apparition of the Virgin Mary on the wall of a tiny country church in South Australia.

Angus Macqueen

Executive Producer

Angus has been making documentaries for more than thirty years. He started out charting the break-up of the Soviet Empire and its fall out with such work as Hand of Stalin (1990), BAFTA winner The Death of Yugoslavia (1995), Emmy winner Dancing for Dollars (1998), Gulag (1999), Vodka (2000), Prix Europa & Grierson winner The Last Peasants (2003), and Cocaine (2005).

He has won a range of international awards - including BAFTA, EMMY, Prix Europa, Peabody, Colombia Journalism, IDA - as well as having his films shown at festivals and broadcast all over the world.

Most recently Ronachan Films has co-produced the international feature-length documentaries Drug Lord: The Legend of Shorty (Film4/PBS/Discovery) and The Cambodian Space Project (ABC/BBC/DR/SVT).

Other films include Our Drugs War (C4), Emmy winner Neda - An Iranian Martyr (BBC/WGBH), Ingrid Betancourt: Hostage in the Jungle (BBC/FRANCE 3/SWR-ARD /RCN Colombia), Aung San Suu Kyi : The Choice (BBC/HBO), Chilean Miners: 17 Days Buried Alive (BBC/TVN CHILE/MSNBC), and Egypt - Children of the Revolution (BBC).

Andrea Lang


Andrea Lang ASE has been editing and producing documentary films for almost twenty years. Her internationally and Australian awarded feature credits include Cunnamulla (2000), A Wedding in Ramallah (2002) and End of the Rainbow (2007). Andrea won the AFI (Australian Film Institute) award for Best Editing for the documentary Thomson of Arnhem Land (2000). In 1997 she co-produced a 4 part series for ABC Our Boys and in 2009 co-directed an episode of the AFI-winning series Liberal Rule. Andrea's recent editing credits include Scarlet Road (2011) and The Surgery Ship (2014) Andrea won the 2012 Australian Screen Editor's Guild award for A Law Unto Himself. She is currently completing Ka-Ching!, a documentary about poker/slot machines which she has also co-written.

Tim Huys and Julia Goschke

Animation and Graphics

Julia studied illustration in Hamburg, Germany. She wrote and illustrated children's books with Minedition/Penguin USA, published in the US, Germany, Japan and Greece. In 2008 Julia illustrated the graphic novel adaptation of Paul Auster's novel Timbuktu (Minedition/Penguin USA). After changing her focus from print to animation Julia worked on the documentary The Most Secret Place on Earth (2009, dir: Marc Eberle). Julia's broad range of work includes TV-spots and the documentary feature The Cambodian Space Project - Not Easy Rock'N'Roll (2015, dir: Marc Eberle).

Tim has worked as a freelance motion graphics artist for TV, advertising, and theatre since the late 1990s.

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