A Day in Khao Lak is a short film made by German film maker Lambo
Lambo is a bit of a mystery man. He simply turned up in Khao Lak in late October 2011. Though introduced through a friend, I really don’t remember much about Lambo’s time here. Once or twice he sat in the back of my pick-up truck filming and soaking up the humid Khao Lak air as I made a few errands around town.
During social occasions Lambo was present but not really there. Whatever was going on in his mind, it was in the mind of a film maker, something I have no idea about. But something was going on and during his short stay in Khao Lak he produced this great short film.
Lambo left no name for the film, ‘A Day in Khao Lak’ just seemed to fit when the film was uploaded. That is exactly what it is, a creative reflection of the daily life you will see in Khao Lak. No special occasion, no dramas just the everyday stuff you take for granted until you actually pay attention to it.
Filmed entirely in Khao Lak and the surrounding beaches at Bang Niang and Khuk Khak and often well off the beaten track. Lambo captures locals heading to and from work or relaxing in the shade. Close-ups of the numerous shrines and spirit houses highlight their importance to the spiritual well-being of the community. There is a fair amount of focus on the various modes of transport you can see around Khao Lak, not only the steady flow of traffic on Highway 4, but also traditional longtail boats and motorbikes with homemade sidecars know as Samlors or Salings.
Despite Khao Lak’s concrete development over the last 20 years, Lambo finds evidence of the area’s more rural past. Chickens still roam free by the roadside and rows of rubber trees remind us of the older way the town generated its income. A film of Khao Lak would not be complete without showing an alternative community that co-exists amongst the locals and visitors. Although numerous, the dogs of Khao Lak pose no threat to their human counterparts. Some are household pets and spend their time lounging on their owners land or more commonly blocking the small side streets with their lazy presence. Other dogs chose the pack life and bark their warnings to other packs oblivious to the rest of the Khao Lak world.
These details were left about the film:
Filmed 22.10.2011 to 28.10.2011 with a Panasonic Gh2 + Leica M 50mm 1,4
In a lazy way I did try to find some more information about Lambo and web links to other work. Armed with only the name ‘Lambo’ to make my search it appears he is busy enough without needing to be found on the internet.