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    A documentary film short made to celebrate the 55th anniversary of Tandjung Sari – a handmade, family-run hotel in Bali.
Tandjung Sari


Mother Brown Films founder Kevin Lee Brown is never far from a good story. While on holiday with his family in Bali, he discovered that they were staying in a treasured piece of folklore. Tandjung Sari was approaching its 55th birthday … and there was much to celebrate. 

Tandjung is the original boutique retreat, a handmade hotel situated on an idyllic stretch of Sanur beach. The vision of Dutch-Indonesian entrepreneur and Renaissance man Wija Wawo-Runtu (together with his wives Judith and then Tatie), Tandjung started life in the Sixties as a home and meeting place, later becoming a hotel almost without anyone noticing.

Pre-dating the Hyatt and numerous other chains that have swamped the area, Tandjung represented a very low-key form of luxury. It was all about the simple pleasures: a serene and intimate atmosphere, local craftsmanship, warm hospitality and sumptuous local cuisine. The Wawo-Runtus really knew how to live and they wanted to share their experience. At Tandjung, guests could get to know the real Bali. And they kept coming back, from newlyweds to celebrities such as David Bowie and Ingrid Bergman.

That approach continues to this day. The current owners, Wija’s daughter Wita and her husband Avi, asked Kevin to produce a film that reflects the soul of Tandjung and explores why this is still such a magical place in 2017. Kevin asked me to help find the story and suggest a structure.

– Tandjung and Bali hotel industry research
– Interviewee suggestions and questions
– Script writing and visual narrative

AVA Digital Awards 2018 – Platinum