Saturday, April 30, 2011

Pen-ek to 'Shoot the Music'

Pen-ek Ratanaruang follows in the footsteps of such directors as Martin Scorsese, Jonathan Demme and Jim Jarmusch, making a movie of a concert.

Okay, it's not the The Last Waltz, Stop Making Sense or Year of the Horse, but it is a big undertaking.

Sponsored by Heineken, Shoot the Music with Pen-ek will be at the end of May at the Dusit Thani Hua Hin, on the beachfront. The line-up will be a bunch of Thai rock and pop acts with R&B artist Babyface as the headline act.

As "creative" of the event, Pen-ek, "a leading movie director of Thailand", will put on a "cinematic show ... orchestrat[ing] all the elements ... taking care of every detail of it.

"The audiences wouldn’t be able to tell whether it’s a movie or a concert. A lot of surprises and impressions are waiting to happen," says the blurb on the ThaiTicketMaster website.

In addition to Babyface, performers in the May 28 show include the Thai acts Lipta, pop-pianist Tor Saksit, Too Phobthorn, Ben Chalatit, Sqweez Animal, Nui Wiriyapa, Boy Trai Bhumi, Tong of Save da Last Piece, Poe from Yokee Playboy and Yai of Monotone.

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