Thailand's hardest working man in show business is now Ananda Everingham, who has been in no fewer than four films this year. And he has more lined up. In addition to the upcoming thriller by Pleasure Factory's Ekachai Uekrongtham, The Coffin, Nonzee Nimibutr's Queen of Langkasuka (and a little something called Red Eagle - more on that in a few days), Ananda will star in Saibaidee Luang Prabang, or Hello Luang Prabang, a Laotian government-financed romance film about a young Lao-Australian (played by Lao-Australian actor Ananda) falling in love with a Laotian woman (Khamly Philavong), with the setting of the Unesco World Heritage city Luang Prabang as the backdrop.
Filming, done with a mixed Thai and Laotian crew (I'm told that several Thai directors participated in the project), has mostly wrapped up, and the plan is to release the film in time for Laotian (and Thai, and Khmer) New Year in April.
This would be the first Laotian feature film in 20 years, the last one made being Red Lotus (Explorer only), by Czech-trained director Som Ock Southiponh, who is now running a bakery in the capital, Vientiane, and trying to find backers for independent film productions.