Montra Nivesha: A Home for Celebrities and Filmmakers

Hanuman Films is one of the leading film production companies in Cambodia and has worked closely with Montra Nivesha over the years on hosting film and television crews in Cambodia.

1000 Places To See Before You Die

One of the first film crews to stay in the hotel was ‘1000 Places to See Before You Die’, a spin-off Discovery series based on the best-selling book. Although the crew were in Cambodia the incredible temples of Angkor, they ended up filming a spot on the hotel as well.

 

Motorbike adventurer Charley Boorman stayed at the hotel for almost a week as part of his ‘By Any Means’ overland trip from London to Sydney. His previous shows included the popular ‘Long Way Round’ and ‘Long Way Down’ motorbike journeys with actor Ewan McGregor.

Chef Gordon Ramsay

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay stayed at the hotel as part of ‘Gordon’s Great Escapes’, a culinary adventure in Cambodia that saw him visit our very own Sala Roluos to learn how to cook stuffed frog with kreung paste. Guests can experience their very own ‘Celebrity Chef Cooking Class’ at Sala Roluos if they want to discover the secrets of Khmer cuisine.

More recently, UK celebrity chef Nadiya Hussain stayed at the hotel as part of her new food show exploring the cuisine of Cambodia, Thailand and Malaysia, as part of her journey to discover her ancestral roots beyond Britain and Bangladesh.

A Home from Home for Celebrities

Other celebrities who have stayed at Montra Nivesha include BBC presenter Sue Perkins as part of her flagship series Mekong and popular US travel presenter Samantha Brown. Another loyal guest is Sci-Fy and Travel Channel presenter Josh Gates who has stayed several times, including on his honeymoon. He has presented Destination Truth, Expedition Unknown and Legendary Locations.

As well as hosting numerous celebrities, it has also hosted many film crews, including our very own Hanuman Films crew on the shooting of award-winning film ‘The Last Reel’. Hanuman Films has more than a decade of experience looking after major international feature films in Cambodia, dating back to its role as the local servicing company for Tomb Raider, starring Angelina Jolie and Daniel Craig, back in 2000.

The last reel

The Last Reel, was directed by company co-founder Kulikar Sotho and she won the ‘Spirit of Asia’ Award by the Japan Foundation Asia Center at its world premiere at the Tokyo International Film Festival in 2014. The Last Reel has since gone on to win another 10 awards, including the Founder’s Grand Prize for Best Film from Michael Moore at the Traverse City Film Festival.
The Last Reel is about a lost film buried beneath the Killing Fields which reveals different versions of the truth. In an abandoned cinema, rebellious teenager Sophoun discovers an old film starring her mother, offering her the chance to dictate her own destiny at last, but at the cost of uncovering some dark secrets from the past about her parents lives during the Khmer Rouge regime.
The Last Reel is one of the first feature films to be directed by a Cambodian woman and was shot entirely on location in Cambodia during 2013 with a cast of leading local talent, including renowned golden era actress Dy Saveth and rising star Ma Rynet.
Visit The Last Reel website (www.thelastreel.info) to learn more about the film. If you would like to see ‘The Last Reel’ during your stay at Montra Nivesha, look out for regular screenings in our in-house cinema.