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    Screening LGBTI hope in China

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 06/04/2017

    » Fan Popo handed out two postcards to those he talked to. One of them has a picture of two women -- both dressed in wedding gowns -- in each others loving embrace. The other was a group picture of drag queen performers.

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    Big in Japan

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 09/11/2018

    » The 31st Tokyo International Film Festival wrapped up last weekend, with French drama Amanda taking home the Tokyo Grand Prix and Best Screenplay awards. Director Mikhaël Hers' third feature, Amanda tells the story of a young man who cares for his orphaned niece following his sister's death in a delicate tale of familial love and how people cope with tragedy.

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    The Korean wave keeps swelling

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 12/10/2018

    » The wave of K-pop has seeped into the lives of people throughout Asia and the world. Its soaps, movies, music and fashion trends have dazzled, influenced and merged into the local entertainment scene in different places. We've seen K-pop music like the viral Gangnam Style take over the world and artists like BTS storm the US Billboard charts with their music. Recently, a K-pop gathering in Oakland, California, drew thousands of fans.

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    Top of the world

    Brunch, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 07/10/2018

    » Miss Thailand World 2018 Nicolene Pichapa Limsnukan has plans of rising to the top, and does not intend to go alone.

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    Time traveller

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 04/04/2018

    » Period dramas, the sources of romanticisation of the bygone, continue to transfix viewers everywhere. From the South Korean culinary tale Dae Jang Guem, to the dramatisation of UK royalty in The Crown, or the court of Louis XIV in Versailles, or even Thailand's own See Pandin (Four Reigns), these fusions of history and fantasy offer an outlook to the past -- glorified or critical -- while also sparking interest and debate over the portrayals of historical accounts.

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    Thai-Myanmar production speaks universal language

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 29/12/2016

    » 'I've always been under the wrong impression that English is an absolute international language," said Thai filmmaker Adsajun Sattagovit. But upon directing the Thai-Myanmar film TT & Donut, which premiered this month at the National Theatre of Yangon and will be released in Myanmar after New Year, Adsajun said he has found the true language of the world.

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    Eternal star

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 23/11/2016

    » Three years after making her screen debut, in a soap opera in 2010, Davika "Mai" Hoorne was known to Thai audiences as nang ake pun larn -- the billion-baht leading lady -- from the mega-success of her 2013 film Pee Mak Phra Khanong. Since then, she has become a fixture on the screen, with period melodrama Plae Kao (The Scar) in 2014, a modest hit, and the oddball Freelance Harm Puay Harm Pak Harm Rak Mor (Heart Attack) last year, which raked in over 90 million baht at the box office.

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    LGBT stories get rare screen time

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 16/08/2016

    » How often is it that international LGBT films get a screening in Thailand? Not often at all, except when there's a film festival. This week, wonderfully strange as it may be, we're seeing not just one but two LGBT films on our silver screens. And the two couldn't be more different.

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    In the closet -- or not

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 27/08/2015

    » Actress Kristen Stewart's refusal to confirm her sexuality, and a round-up of other worldwide LGBT news this month

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    Rainbow screen stars

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 05/06/2015

    » The LGBT community is not always portrayed in a positive light in Thai films and other forms of media, with certain stereotypes still prevalent whenever movies, in particular, address gender diversity. Hoping to provide a more realistic and varied view of the LGBT community is the first-ever Bangkok Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (BGLFF), which opens tonight.

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