Sitthiphon Disamoe

IN CINEMAS: The Rocket

Still from The Rocket

How, you may ask, could a film shot in south-east Asia, set entirely in Laos and featuring local actors in a local story told entirely in Lao, possibly be considered Australian? Welcome to the world of transnational cinema, my friend, where contemporary Australian filmmakers are increasingly looking to rest of the world not only as locations to send their Australian characters (Wish You Were Here, The Sapphires, Dead Europe), but also as discrete spaces that have a wealth of stories of their own to share (Lore, Ruin)