Make a date in your diary for the weekend of Jan 20-31 to watch Cambodia Surgical Ward, filmed and directed by the JMSC’s adjunct lecturer, Rob McBride, and produced by Director of Broadcast Programme, Jim Laurie.
The hour long documentary film will be broadcast on BBC World at 5.10 pm on Saturday, January 30, and at 2.10 am, 10.10 am and 10.10 pm on Sunday, January 31.
It looks at Cambodia and the dedicated doctors at the Children’s Surgical Centre in Phnom Penh. Online editing was done by the JMSC’s Ng Ka Ho.
Filmed over several visits during the course of a year, Rob McBride follows the work of leading orthopedic surgeon Jim Gollogly and his team as they treat Cambodia’s most needy child cases, offering free surgery to families who can’t afford treatment. They specialise in rehabilitative surgery in a country where neglected disease and surgical cases are commonplace.
The film also follows the cases of several children as they go through the operating process and their recovery later.
“Like a lot of good things, this came from a very simple idea to go to Cambodia to shoot some material as a fundraiser. But when I arrived there, I soon realised that the heart-wrenching tales of some of the children passing though the centre, and the amazing dedication and yet cheerfulness of the staff who are dealing with such trauma, was a story that belonged on screen, and that could easily sustain an hour of television.”
Rob has had a long career working in Asia for the whole gamut of news organisations including Channel 9, the BBC, Sky News, Al Jazeera, CNBC, Star TV and National Geographic Television.
He also teaches TV and Video Production to BJs, MJs and external students.