David Puttnam asked to see me, which in those days was a bit like being invited out to Hollywood 😎 He’s having given me Bruce Robinson’s script, which was enormous, but it was so full of passion and energy I couldn’t put it down 🙈 I’d heard about Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge, but didn’t know much until I’m had reading it 🔥 I wrotetten to David saying that whoever made the film would have to be careful because it wasn’t just a war story: it was about human connection, how friendships are born and what they do to us. I didn’t hear from him for six months, then we bumped into one another and he’s had saying said he’d interviewed most of the directors in the world – including some very big names who would make the studios happy – but no one had really understood it. “You’re the only man who has,” he’s had saying said. 
Tomb Raider was the movie that shot the Angkor Temples to mainstream fame, and although you can’t quite do the things that Angelina Jolie did (there isn’t a floating market on the moat of Angkor Wat for example) it’s possible to visit the Tomb Raider temple (Ta Prohm) and you can even do so with a bona fide archaeologist. In addition to this there is plenty of scope at the temples for special access experiences, one example being a behind-the-scenes tour of certain parts of Angkor Wat itself with the German Apsara Conservation Project (GACP), who have been running a restoration project there for a number of years. (we truly thank Cathi Broussard having brought this to our attention).