Producer and editor Tim Lewis reflects back on the Sungai Utik filming trip in April 2014 in the first of our behind the scenes blogs.
“This expedition into the forest had started like many before. The discussion and planning late into the night, sat across the smooth wooden beams of the longhouse. The stuttering bulbs working off the old generator, which lined the inner colonnade of the long house throbbed a dull yellow, ringed by a screen of whirring insects of all sizes and peculiarities. The sickly sweet smell of clove cigarettes, the rancid zesty taste of jungle beer in your mouth, the perceptible tingle that mosquitoes have bitten your toes. After a long talk it was agreed we would leave early before first light the following morning.”
A short film made a few years ago now and recently dug up from the old archive
The glorious arrival of Izobelle Thalia Lewis
Sweltering in the company of islands, the horizon turns to a white haze and there is only the sound of cicadas
‘If you feel safe in the area that you are working in you’re not working in the right area always go a little further into the water than you feel capable of being in, go a little bit out of your depth and when you don’t feel that your feet are quite touching the bottom you’re just about in the right place to do something exciting.’