Saturday, May 20, 2006

More from Criticine

In an earlier post about Criticine, I missed another Thai-related article: An interview with Suparp Rimtheparthip and Thida Plitpholkarnpim, the editors of Bioscope magazine, a Thai-language cinema magazine that's been a supporter of the indie film movement in Thailand.

They have some things to say, like this:

The problem with Thailand is that it does not see film as part of culture. We think that culture is khon traditional dancing or prohibiting spaghetti straps. The government is trying, but when they do, they only view it in terms of sustainable economics. The film festival is therefore organized by the Tourism Authority of Thailand. Making use of Thailand as a film location for foreigners is seen only in financial dimensions, in terms of how much money it will rake in. We never understand how film is culture.

(Cross-published at Rotten Tomatoes)

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