62. Srey Neang

I met Srey Neang at the Heart of Darkness night club.
An impossibly beautiful young woman about 21.
I’d been working on a short screenplay called The Princess of Phnom Penh.
Cinderella in Cambodia.
Srey Neang was perfect for the role.
I asked her to do a photoshoot of the storyboard.
She agreed.
Through my friend Glenn Miles, the Asia director of anti sex traffic NGO ‘LOVE 146’ I was introduced to Vanna, a young Khmer documentary filmmaker.
I asked Vanna if he would take the photos.
Vanna agreed.
We went to Srey Neang’s $40 a month room and shot the storyboard.
I played the Prince.
It was Cinderella with a dark twist, painting the Prince as an abusive sex pat who gets turned into a frog at the end by the Ugly Sisters and boiled in a soup.
We never got around to making the short film.
This was still my first year in Cambodia, 2010.
As years went by I realised how out of touch my Cinderella world was with the real world of red light Cambodia.
In this story there was no ice.
No crystal meth.
This sweet princess was not a smoker, thank God.
She was in a relationship with a Frenchman and a lovely, sweet, good-hearted young woman.
The photos on the Facebook page remind me of this creative project which bring me fond memories.
Memories of a world before ice.
Memories of my life before love and romance, heartbreak and abuse, violence and drug dens, homelessness and abandonment…
A life before James Bond…
A life before the magic elefants…
And a life before Mr. C.
Mr. Crystal Meth Psychosis.

Author: Mark Dark

Actor Teacher Writer Breaking Bad for Christ – a Novel. Actor turned Christian missionary turns his back on his Hollywood dreams to combat sex trafficking in Cambodia – and finds himself deep underground in a dangerous world of drugs, gangs and violence. Based on a true story. https://steveedwardsthoughts.wordpress.com/

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