Mattie

Interview: Mattie Do

First published by VODzilla.co Born in Los Angeles to Lao immigrant parents, Mattie Do moved to Vientiane in 2010, and has since become a key player in the country’s emerging film industry. Her feature debut, the low-budget Chanthaly (2013), was the first horror film to be written and directed entirely in Laos, and the first…

Dearest

Dearest Sister (2016)

First published by VODzilla.co Always a cottage industry, Lao film production is, like the nation itself, currently undergoing a rapid transformation. In the past, it produced only state propaganda – but in 2008, Thai director Sakchai Deenan made the country’s first independent film Good Morning Luang Prabang, and 2009 saw the launch of the Luang…

River

River (2015)

First published in Sight & Sound, September 2016 Synopsis: Laos, today. At a clinic near Vientiane, American volunteer John Lake is asked to take some time off after disobeying senior surgeon Stephanie Novella’s order to stop trying to resuscitate a young female patient who has died. John catches a ride with the clinic’s driver Douangmany…

The Rocket (2013)

Review first published by LWLies (note that this is a longer edit). If The Rocket opens with the birth of two boys (one DOA) in the north mountains of Laos, then it is also in many ways itself a twin, sharing genetic material with Australian filmmaker Kim Mordaunt’s previous Bomb Harvest (2008), about an Australian…