"Quietly, a great film was made"
Lee Grant - Oscar Winning Actress and Director

"Hugely empowering and uplifting"
Greg Lowe - CNNgo

"Should be mandatory viewing"
Jim Pollard - The Nation

Living With The Tiger is an intimate and moving story about a group of HIV infected orphans  in Thailand that have been abandoned by society. The story focuses on two of the children over a period of 3 years, and highlights the problems they encounter as they try to re-integrate back into their communities. Despite their traumatic experiences, they embark on the most unlikely of ventures for a group of teenagers from the countryside; a performance in an opera....

 

 

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chinatownToday is a triple celebration; it's Valentines Day, Chinese New Year... and my birthday!

What better excuse for a night out and some drunken revelery in Bangkok... Well, it would be except I've decided to stay in Baan Gerda while Cindy escapes for a few days well-earned rest.

It gives me a chance to have a look at the assembly edit which is now complete. Although  it's not very polished at this stage, it allows us to see if our ideas for the story structure are working or not. Cindy will then make whatever changes we feel are necessary before the rough cut is ready in about 3 weeks.

First impressions? I'm excited! Over the last 3 years I've managed to amass more than 160 hours of footage and I'd forgotten about some of the shots. The stories of our main characters, Bla and Oy come across very strongly while the opera helps to give the film a clear direction.

The main problem is that it currently stands at 2 hours 45 mins. I have no idea how we are going to get that down to less than 80 mins. Some painful decisions ahead. On the bright side, at least there will be plenty of footage for the DVD extras!

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