Gavin Gough
Editorial, Humanitarian & Travel Photographer

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Thai Filmmakers

I was delighted to meet and photograph three, young Thai filmmakers today.

 

Anocha Suwichakornpong was born in Thailand 1976. She spent the 1990s living in England, where she attended universities and graduated with bachelor's and master's degrees. In 2006, she graduated from the MFA film program at Columbia University, where she was a recipient of Hollywood Foreign Press Association Fellowship.

She attended the Talent Campus of the Berlin Film Festival in 2006, where her feature-length script, The White Room, was among the 15 projects chosen to participate in the Script Clinic.

Her thesis film Graceland was selected for the 59th Cannes Film Festival's Cinefondation program. It was the first Thai short film selected for the Cannes Film Festival. It was also featured at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and many other festivals.

Lee Chatametikool (ลี ชาตะเมธีกุล) is a Thai film editor and sound editor. He is a frequent collaborator with Apichatpong Weerasethakul and other Thai independent directors, but has also worked on commercial films, including the hit Thai horror film, Shutter.

Lee studied filmmaking in the United States. He has been active since 1999, when he directed a short film, Miami Strips, Hollywood Dreams (Muang maya, krung tida). The film was the runner-up winner of the Rattana Pestonji Award for Best Thai Short Film at the 2000 Thai Short Film and Video Festival.

He has worked with Apichatpong Weerasethakul on four films: Blissfully Yours, Tropical Malady, Syndromes and a Century and Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives. At the inaugural Asian Film Awards in 2007 in Hong Kong, Lee won the Best Editor award for Syndromes and a Century.

In 2002, Lee founded his own post-production company, Houdini Studio. 

Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit graduated from the Faculty of Arts, Chinese major, Chulalongkorn University. He started to make short films with the learning-by-doing approach during his years in the university.

He works as a scriptwriter/script consultant for both independent and mainstream featured films and as a film critic for film and cultural magazines. In 2006, See, his experimental documentary, gained a success, winning two awards in a film competition in Thailand.

Later in 2007, he attended Berlinale Talent Campus. His short film Bangkok Tanks was officially selected to be screened in Home Affairs programme, and in many film and art festivals.  His first feature film , 36 , won New Currents Award in Busan Film Festival 2012 and the film Mary Is Happy, Mary Is Happy , funded by Biennale College Cinema and Gucci, is his latest work.

Now he is developing the first directorial work for Thai film studio and working on a documentary film.