Docs

Elderly Korean couple upset over sudden fame through low-budget doc

A couple in their 80s from rural Korea found themselves bombarded with media attention after a documentary about their daily life with their 30-year-old cow became a hit among their countrymen. The couple have complained that the tranquility of their village and their lives has been disrupted by the sudden and explosive media interest in them thanks to the surprise popularity of the independent film Old Partner, which played to record audiences in Korea for an indie film and was also the first South Korean documentary to screen at the Sundance Film Festival.
February 12, 2009

A couple in their 80s from rural Korea found themselves bombarded with media attention after a documentary about their daily life with their 30-year-old cow became a hit among their countrymen. The couple have complained that the tranquility of their village and their lives has been disrupted by the sudden and explosive media interest in them thanks to the surprise popularity of the independent film Old Partner, which played to record audiences in Korea for an indie film and was also the first South Korean documentary to screen at the Sundance Film Festival.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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