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  • News & article

    The 'scene', in all its glory

    Life, Amitha Amranand, Published on 28/12/2017

    » It was a busy year for Thai theatre. Life highlights a few trends and picks the best productions of 2017

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    Art under stress

    Life, Published on 02/12/2015

    » Life's critics take a look at how artists in different fields reflected upon Thailand's political situation over the past 18 months — or why they chose not to.

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    Funeral books shed light on People's Party

    News, Suthachai Yimprasert, Published on 24/06/2017

    » The 1932 memorial plaque incident is a key political event that we will be commemorating in what is a markedly different atmosphere relative to years past.

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    By lens, stage and paint, truth

    Life, Published on 10/12/2014

    » In 2009, Tanwarin Sukkhapisit made I'm Fine Sabai Dee Ka, a three-minute satirical film/performance art piece in which she locks herself in a cage placed in front of the Democracy Monument. Passers-by (both actors and unsuspecting pedestrians) take photographs and stop to ask her what happened. She smiles and repeats the same answer: "I'm fine in here." Tanwarin, who once served as the president of the Thai Film Director Association, is a prolific filmmaker who has made independent and mainstream films. In 2010, her low-budget production, Insects In The Backyard, made headlines when it became the first film to be banned under the 2006 Film Act (censors said the film depicted inappropriate images of student prostitutes and a penis).

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    Swings and misses

    Life, Amitha Amranand, Published on 15/12/2016

    » These theatre newcomers close 2016 with daring productions. Even though some of the results were uneven, their desire to make meaningful and thought-provoking art is palpable

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    The historical made personal

    Life, Amitha Amranand, Published on 06/10/2016

    » We don't know where they are -- a man and a woman, he in a white three-piece suit, she in a white wedding gown. Soon we find out that they don't know where they are either. Then we find out who they are, but soon realise they are not sure.

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    The truth behind the facade

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 15/10/2015

    » At a time when freedom of expression is becoming increasingly constrained, whether one is just an internet user, a filmmaker or an activist, experimental theatre troupe B-Floor is as relentless as ever. After Ornanong Thaisriwong's solo performance Bang La Merd earlier this year was attended by military officers, B-Floor is back under the directorial helm of Teerawat Mulvilai in Manoland.

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    Thai movies ride the Euro circuit

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 29/01/2016

    » The new year starts with a slate of new Thai films -- and some older ones -- which are already making rounds at the European film festival circuit which began this week.

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    Ajarn Ben's Southeast Asian analyses still enlighten

    News, Philip J Cunningham, Published on 15/12/2015

    » When I studied with Benedict Anderson at Cornell University in 1974, he seemed the quintessential absent-minded professor; at once erudite and bookish, idealistic and dreamy-eyed. The fact he had just been kicked out of Indonesia only added to his aura. Giving lectures about coups and counter-coups and revolutionary martyrs, he'd pace the front of the classroom in clunky boots and mismatched outfits, captivating class attention with his soft but mellifluous Irish-accented voice.

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    Lessons from the trenches

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 16/07/2015

    » Through movements with a bit of monologue and dialogue, B-Floor's Sarut Komalittipong and Sasapin Siriwanij present their debut directorial production WW101 on the occasion of the 101st anniversary of the World War I. The idea began when the two directors travelled to Europe, visiting the Dachau concentration camp and realising how little they actually knew about the World Wars.

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