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» While the interest and market for gay-themed stories continue to grow -- on online channels, on television series and in cinemas -- the sub-genre of lesbian movies has still got some catching up to do, especially in Thailand. Once in a blue moon, a lesbian film would drop on our cinema or TV screens, and the ones that had an actual cultural impact can be counted on one hand. At last week's LGBT Film Festival, which saw an enthusiastic turnout, there was then just one lesbian film among a dozen gay-themed international titles. All of this seems to signify that truly fair representation of gender and sexuality in the media still has quite a way to go.
» James Fagerlund was working for a company event in Stockholm when he was approached by one of Thailand's top actors, Saksit Tangtong, who later told him that he had star potential. "You have a unique character that Thai showbiz doesn't have," Saksit told the then 29-year-old James. With those spare, simple words in mind, the American-Thai decided to pack up and go back to his motherland that he had left 19 years earlier to pursue his career abroad.
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