Thailand and the United Kingdom have long enjoyed diplomatic relations of 160 years. To mark the milestone,Thailand’s Ministry of Culture launched the “Totally Thai” campaign.
In collaboration with the Royal Thai Embassy in London, the spectacular show of Khōn – Thai mask play, was held at the legendary Royal Albert Hall on the 18th of June 2015. The performance integrated the arts of singing, dancing and acting whereas the group of 60 actors were dressed in exquisite, bejewelled regalia.
As part of the Totally Thai campaign, the Thai Film Festival will be organised at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) this week. The festival aims to attract a wider international recognition of the Thai film industry.
The festival kicks off on Thursday the 25th with the opening gala, followed by the screening of Teacher’s Diary. The rom-com was selected as the Thai entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards. Directed by Nithiwat Tharathorn, the film stars one of Thailand’s leading actresses Laila ‘Ploy’ Boonyasak and singer-turned-actor Sukrit Wisetkaew.
To shed more light on the film and the overall Thai film industry, Nithiwat and ‘Ploy’ will attend the opening night of the festival. The star and director will be answering questions during the Q&A session, hosted by Thai-British model Neeranat ‘Nuch’ Coates.
On the 26th until the 27th, there will be screenings of six hand-picked Thai films from various genres below:
Thursday 26 June 2015
Director: Tiwa Moeitthaisong
Cast: Rhata Phongam, Thanayoung Wongtrakul, Hataichat Eurkittiroj, Namo Tonggumnerd
Director: Lee Chatametikool
Cast: Ananda Everingham, Janesuda Parnto, Prawith Hansten, Apinya Sakuljaroensuk
Friday 27 June 2015
The Story of Mahajanaka*
Genre: Adventure Fantasy, Animation
Directors: Kriengkrai Supornsahusrungsi, Thananchanok Suban Na Ayudhaya and Nop Dharmavanich
Director: Krissada Tipchaiyametha
Cast: Somboon Ruekkhumyee, Lamaid Ruekkhumyee
Tom Yum Goong 2
Director: Prachya Pinkaew
Cast: Tony Jaa, RZA, Petchtai Wongkamlao, JeeJa Yanin, Rhatha Phongam
Director: Bhandevanov Devakula
Cast: Davika Hoorne, Chaiyapol Julian Pupart, Sinjai Plengpanit
To reserve tickets for other screenings, please visit Thai Film Festival in UK Facebook page.
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