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A year of fun entertainment ahead

Published January 18, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Teams from four music labels will compete to win a weekly challenge set by special guests in “Melody to Masterpiece” on True4U Channel 24.
Teams from four music labels will compete to win a weekly challenge set by special guests in “Melody to Masterpiece” on True4U Channel 24.

A year of fun entertainment ahead

movie & TV January 18, 2019 01:00


True4U Channel reveals its lineup for the next 12 months

True4U Channel 24 kicks off the New Year with a new strategy “True for All, More 4U” which sees a strengthening of its content offerings and an adjustment in scheduling to ensure viewers enjoy high-quality entertainment.


BamBam Got7 will team up with his Korean bandmates for “GOT7 Real Thai”.

“True4U’s business direction in 2019 will focus on world-class quality content in addition to the sports content that has long been our strength. We’ll have more movies, series, game shows, variety shows, and reality programmes. We’ve also adjusted the schedule to better match viewers’ lifestyles,” says Apicha Honghirunruang, managing director of True4U.


Ananda Everingham and Baifern Pimchanok will star in “Secret Garden”.

Among the programme highlights in the first half of this year are “GOT7 Real Thai”. Featuring BamBam, Mark, Young-jae and Jin-young from the much-loved K-pop boy band GOT7, it sees the young heartthrobs travelling around Thailand with guardians portraying characters from Thai folktales and a Thai version of the Korean series “Secret Garden” starring Ananda Everingham and Pimchanok “Baifern” Luevisadpaibul. Another must-watch is “Voice”, a drama-thriller series starring Khemanit “Pancake” Jamikorn and Andrew Gregson.


Khemanit “Pancake” Jamikorn and Andrew Gregson will star in “Voice.”

Upcoming music shows include “Melody to Masterpiece”, a reality programme in which teams from four music labels will compete to win a weekly challenge set by special guests The Melody. Only two of them will be selected to produce special songs using limited resources and time and the best song will be named a true “Masterpiece”.


Five boys become coaches in “Cuteboy Thailand”.

“Cuteboy Thailand” is also a reality TV show and seeks good-looking boys with a dream. The contestants will be coached by five leading cuteboys, namely the King of Smart Chutavuth “March” Pattarakampol, the King of Alpha Male Nat Sakdatorn, the King of Sport Sattaphong “Tao” Phiangphor, the King of Entertainment by Tanont “Nont” Chamroen, and the King of Gentleman by Ratchanont “Guy” Suprakob. The winner will become Thailand’s first Cuteboy to hold a ticket to the entertainment business.

“You Are My Fantasy” fulfils a lucky winner’s dream of going on a date with a superstar. DJ Nui, John Winyu and Kwang Orakarn will host the show with a long list of surprise guests.


The finalists of “Cuteboy Thailand”

“True4U believes that great content is key to attracting larger audiences. This year, we continue our commitment to producing high-quality contents in different genres including series, game shows, reality shows and sports. This guarantees that our audience will experience fresh, fun yet flexible entertainment programmes. They will also receive many privileges,” said Teerasak Arunrermwattana, group director of True Content & Media, True Corporation.


“Strike Back” gets back into action

Published January 14, 2019 by SoClaimon

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“Strike Back” gets back into action

movie & TV January 14, 2019 01:00

By The Nation

The action-packed Cinemax drama series “Strike Back” will kick off its sixth season same time as the US on Saturday January 26 at 10am with a same day encore at 9pm. The series will also be available on HBO GO via AIS Play and AIS Playbox”.

The six-episode season, which was shot entirely in Malaysia, features returning stars Warren Brown, Daniel MacPherson and Alin Sumarwata along with new cast members Jamie Bamber and Yasemin Allen.

This season starts when a Russian bomber crashes in the South China Sea and the covert special-ops soldiers of Section 20 — Thomas “Mac” McAllister (Brown), Samuel Wyatt (MacPherson) and Gracie Novin (Sumarwata) — are sent to investigate. There, they cross paths with Katrina Zarkova (Allen), a rogue Russian operative with questionable loyalties.

Under orders of the new commanding officer, Col Alexander Coltrane (Bamber), Section 20 pursues stolen contents of the Russian jet across Southeast Asia, working alongside the Malaysian police to shut down a Triad gang in Kuala Lumpur, uncover a corrupt plot by a wealthy Indian businesswoman running for Parliament and plunge into the jungles of the Golden Triangle in Myanmar, facing off against mercenary drug agents and terrifying warlords as they uncover a conspiracy that threatens to push the world to the brink of global conflict.

An ‘Umbrella’ to save the world

Published January 14, 2019 by SoClaimon

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  • Robert Sheehan, left, with his costar David Castaneda were in Singapore recently to promote new series “The Umbrella Academy”, which starts streaming on Netflix next month.
  • The Umbrella Academy returns home for the first time in 17 years after the death of their adopted father.

An ‘Umbrella’ to save the world

movie & TV January 14, 2019 01:00

By Parinyaporn Pajee
The Nation

It rains often on the sibling superheroes of ‘The Umbrella Academy’ coming to Netflix – they need to save themselves first

THE YOUNGEST superhero franchise in show business is coming to Netflix starting on February 15 with a crew of unlikely but idealistic stars determined to save the world from danger.

“The Umbrella Academy” is a 10-episode series based on the popular, Eisner Award-winning comic books and graphic novels of the same name created and written by musician-singer Gerard Way of the band My Chemical Romance and illustrated by Gabriel Ba.

“‘The Umbrella Academy’ follows the estranged members of dysfunctional family of superheroes who work together to solve the mystery behind their adopted wealthy father Reginal Hargreeves’ death. They also need to save the world from the imminent threat of apocalypse,” said David Castaneda, who was recently in Singapore promoting the series with his co-star, Robert Sheehan.

Robert Sheehan, left, with his costar David Castaneda were in Singapore recently to promote new series “The Umbrella Academy”, which starts streaming on Netflix next month.

“What’s so great about the story is that it’s not yet been cemented as a great comic book – it’s still just a ‘child’ if you think about it. There’s only been two books and a third volume just came out, so there’s so much more depth left in the pond. It can get so much deeper and we have the opportunity to dive into that.

“With other comic books that have been coming out since the 1920s and 1940s, there are thousands and thousands of issues that you really can’t break away from.”

“So we have the opportunity to make it our own story in that sense.”

Published by Dark Horse Comics, “The Umbrella Academy” and two series of the book were released in quick succession in 2007 and 2008, with the third series coming out last year and this year.

The pilot episode of the series introduces the 43 characters – all born inexplicably on the same day in 1989 to random women who were not pregnant.

Billionaire industrialist Sir Reginald Hargreeves adopted seven of them and created the Umbrella Academy to prepare his “children” to save the world. But not everything went according to plan. When the kids were still in their teens, the family fractured and the team disbanded.

The Umbrella Academy reunion including Number Five (Aiden Gallagher), left, who travels back into the present after 17 years and remains in the body of a 13-year-old.

It took Hargreeves’ death to reunite the six surviving members, now in their 30s. Luther (played by Tom Hopper from “Game of Thrones”), Diego (Castaneda), Allison (Emmy Raver-Lampman), Klaus (Sheehan), Vanya (Ellen Page) and Number Five (Aidan Gallagher) decide to work together to solve the mystery surrounding their father’s death.

Also starring in the show are nine-time Grammy winner and two-time Oscar nominee Mary J Blige and Cameron Britton from Netflix’s psychological-crime drama “Mindhunter”. They both play ruthless and unorthodox hitmen who travel through time to kill their assigned targets.

Sheehan, who also appears in the just-released film “Mortal Engines”, agrees that “The Umbrella Academy” is different from other superhero yarns.

“The archetypal superhero film is, like, ‘They save the day’, whereas our series explores the necessity of failure,” he said in Singapore.

“We are a dysfunctional family. The core of our dysfunction is the fact that we’re not very good superheroes. Our millionaire, reclusive, strange adoptive father turned us into ‘superheroes’ when we were very young, but he didn’t give us a childhood. So we all grow up missing something emotionally and feel sort of like failures. We were manipulated and coerced into being superhero crime-fighters when we should have been nourished as children, so we all grew up a little bit traumatised.”

Naturally, all the academy members have their own unique powers. Luther is the strongest with the giant body of a Martian gorilla. Rebellious, father-loathing Diego became a vigilante like Batman. Allison can literally change reality by lying (much like a certain US politician).

Nine-time Grammy winner and two-time Oscar nominee Mary J Blige (left) and Cameron Britton play ruthless and unorthodox hitmen Cha Cha and Hazel in “The Umbrella Academy”. 

Klaus is able to speak to the dead, which turns him into a drug addict. Number Five, who’s retained the appearance of a boy, can travel through time.

Vanya, on the other hand, seems to have no superpowers at all.

And each of them also suffers a unique pain held over from childhood experiences that drove them from home as soon as they were old enough to go.

“The six haven’t seen each other for 17 years and come back for the funeral,” Sheehan said. “Klaus is taking a lot of drugs to quiet the ‘voices’. His personal struggle has been externalised into the dead and he has the power to speak to them, but it’s more like a sickness, like a disability. He has to do great damage to his body to suppress it, and his journey is about figuring out ways of controlling this ability.”

Castaneda said his character, Diego, doesn’t believe he has a superpower like the others, so his tactical abilities get messed up with his emotional instability.

“So, when provoked, he immediately reacts with action rather than reason, and that gets him into a pickle with the siblings. He can’t cope with the fact that everybody has a special ability except him and yet they’re not using their powers for the right reasons. So they he builds up this animosity, and he becomes sort of like a joke because he takes his job too seriously.”

The Umbrella Academy returns home for the first time in 17 years after the death of their adopted father.

Each of the siblings bears a “palpable resentment”, Castaneda said, “and each of us has a different reason why we left”. The complexity of their group relationship distinguishes the academy from any other group of superheroes.

“These people have to save themselves before they can save the world – if they can’t find a way out of own trouble, they’re not going to be of any help to anyone else,” Castaneda said. “They stand out from all others in the superhero genre because there this element of morality. Someone like Superman or Batman would do whatever is right to help people, to sacrifice themselves, but we are so far different than that.”

Despite all the dysfunction and complexity, the series is never mired in psychological drama, Sheehan emphasised. On the contrary, it’s filled with hilarious comedy deriving from their personalities and there’s plenty of music too along the way.

The show portrays the life of a superhero in a new and different from what we’ve seen before and that will give the whole genre a new direction.

That view of superheroes is what he likes most about the series.

“I like the idea that it’s okay to fail. In fact, failure is absolutely necessary to success. You have to fail to know which way to go next, and that’s not something that’s understood well enough these days. It’s harder to fail these days and get back up and do whatever because there’s more riding on every attempt to do something.

“Failure can damage personal reputations, but we’re human and we all fail every day – it’s absolutely essential to being human. We can’t all be successes all day long – it’s not very interesting.

“So I think our show is about superheroes who fail,” Sheehan said. “You’re looking through the back door of their house and you’re watching them just be human and be failures and I think that’s a nice message to take away.”

Tribute to a filmmaker

Published January 11, 2019 by SoClaimon

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  • Director Jocelyne Saab/Wikipedia photo
  • Beirut Never Again

Tribute to a filmmaker

movie & TV January 09, 2019 16:06

By The Nation

Cinema Oasis continues with its “Filmmaker in Focus” programme, this time focusing on the late great female director from Lebanon, Jocelyne Saab, and showing her Beirut trilogy “Witness in Beirut”, “Once Upon a Time in Beirut” and “Letter from Beirut” and “Beirut Never Again”.

 The screenings kick off today with all three films being shown until January 26.

“Letter from Beirut” and “Beirut Never Again” will be shown together. “Letter”, which runs for 48 minutes, was made in 1978 and follows a young woman through the bullet-pocked and bomb-wrecked ruins, encountering Israeli tanks and international checkpoints. “Beirut Never Again” portrays the city, once the playground of the rich, in ruins from the civil war.

“Once Upon a Time in Beirut”, which was made in 1994, was dedicated to the anniversary of a century of cinema and the founding of the Lebanese cinematheque. It follows two young women on a journey to explore Beirut of the past with a reclusive film expert. That leads them to tour the city through films.

Saab gained attention with her first featurelength documentary “Lebanon in Turmoil” (1975) and also released works about Iran, “The Polisario Front of Western Sahara”, and Vietnam. In recent years, her photo installations and her art film “What’s Going On” (2010) earned her international acclaim.

She also founded the organisation Cultural Resistance, and in 2013, became the organiser and curator of the Tripoli Film Festival, Lebanon’s first film festival featuring films of Asia and the Mediterranean area.

Saab died on Monday at the age of 70.

A heartwrenching tale

Published January 8, 2019 by SoClaimon

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A heartwrenching tale

movie & TV January 07, 2019 10:00

By The Nation

SEA Junction at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre will screen and hold a discussion on the short documentary “Amae, Thamee, Ama” (“Mother, Daughter, Sister)” on January 11 at 6pm.

The documentary revolves around the stories of four women from Myanmar: Shamima, a volunteer counsellor working with rape survivors in the Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh; Dil Kayas, a teenage survivor and San Lung and Lu Ra, the sister and mother of two Kachin school teachers brutally raped and killed in 2015. Powerful testimonies from survivors, witnesses and activists explore the farreaching impact of sexual violence and trauma upon women and affected families and communities, and call for justice and an end to impunity.

Produced by Kirana Films in 2018, the documentary recently toured the US and will be have its premiere in Thailand on January 10 at FCCT. After the screening, there will be an informal Q & A session with the director, Jeanne Marie Hallacy and human rights defender Debbie Stothard.

Hallacy is a filmmaker and photographer producing stories about human rights and social justice issues in Southeast Asia. Her film credits include: “Sittwe” (2017) on interfaith relations among young people in Rakhine; “This Kind of Love” profiling Burmese LGBT rights activist Aung Myo Min (2015), “Into the Current: Burma’s Political Prisoners”, chronicling the history of nonviolent resistance in Burma (2012), “Mercy” (meddah) about a Thai girl who lost her family to AIDS (2002) and “Burma Diary”, a fouryear journal of a refugee family displaced by war (1997).

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A night at the movies

Published January 2, 2019 by SoClaimon

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  • The successful Isaan movie franchise “Thi Baan the Series” is set to release three more projects this year.
  • Three friends form a mor lam band and dream of introducing this northern sound to the world in “Morlam Mania” coming to screens .

A night at the movies

movie & TV January 01, 2019 17:30


Here’s a survey of what the Thai film industry has in store for cinephiles this year

If there’s one outstanding lesson to be learned from a review of Thailand’s film industry in 2018, it’s that audiences are increasingly turning their attention to stories coming out of the Northeast region or Isaan as it is known locally.

Evidence can be found in the success of “Thi Baan The Series”, which earned Bt120 million at the box office and stayed in cinemas a tad longer than many of their contemporaries.

That success has been noted by major studios with the result that a whole lot of films with an Isaan theme will be hitting theatres over the next 12 months.

Last year Pranakorn Films company enjoyed a quiet triumph with “Huk Phaeng”, which brought together luk thung (Thai country-folk) singers from past and present in a romantic comedy. This year Sahamongkol Films is focusing on another Isaan genre – mor lam – for its January 24 release “Morlam Mania”, which boasts an all-Isaan cast and crew including director Nantawut Phoophasuk from Kalasin and stars morlam singer Jirayu Sootchai as the protagonist.

The TV comedy series hit “Diaries of Tootsies” is being brought to the big screen by GDH with the same cast (in picture) and director.

It will be interesting to see how filmgoers react to the film. Since 1997, when “2499 Antapan Krong Muang” (“Dang Bireley’s and Young Gangsters”) gave an ailing Thai film industry a welcome shot in the arm, local movies have tended to centre on life in Bangkok. Those that did portray life in the countryside –Bin Bunluerit’s “Panya Renu” series and Petchtai Wongkamlao’s “Yam Yasothon”, for example, were slammed for not painting a realistic portrait of Isaan life.

That all changed with the release of “Phoo Bao Thai Baan Isaan Indy”, a simple tale in the local dialect, and the launch of “Thi Baan the Series” in 2017 with two parts released in 2018 alone.

The producers of “Thi Baan The Series” aim to create their own universe and so this year they are planning three projects, the first of which, “Sapparer”, is a kind of horror film centred on the local belief in spirits and ghosts. That will be followed by “The Pong”, which will focus on the much-loved character of the same name and his ambitious project of running Sukcheva’s vegetable store project after he returns from studying in Bangkok. The third and last project for 2019 will be “Thi Baan The Series 3”, for which the producers plan to bring Bangkok’s urban pop idol group BNK48 to experience life in the countryside.

Other Isaan films in the 2019 line-up include “Huk Na Dong Thab” (“”Hug-Dong-Tabe”), “Na Haan”, “Huk Khong Hao Sam Nee Ka Phor” (“The Sound of the E-San Mandolin”) and “Onson De”.

Mainstream Thai studios also have plenty of projects planned for this year particularly Major group, which runs the multiplex chain Major Cineplex and production houses M Pictures and Transformation Films. Genres run the gamut from horror to romantic comedy, action thriller and biopic with “Saeng Krasue”, “Rak Mai Pen Phasa”, “Sator Jim Jaew”, “Khuen Yutitham” and “Pro May”, which takes a look at leading woman golfer Ariya “May” Jutanugarn, amongst the titles already announced.

GDH has confirmed three films for 2019 and will also produce more TV dramas for its parent company GMM.

The first outing in 2019 from GDH will be the romantic comedy “Friend Zone” by Chayanop Boonprakob of “May Who?” fame. The year will also see the return to the mainstream of popular director Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit after a spell working independently on “Die Tomorrow” and on a well-received documentary about BNK48. Another promising project from GDH is the big screen adaptation of the hit TV series “Diary Tootsies the Series” starring the original cast of Ratthanant Janyajirawong, Thongchai “Ping Pong” Thongkanthom, Paopetch Charoensook and helmed by director Kittiphak Thong-aum.

After releasing two movies late in 2018, both of which earned critical acclaim but failed to rake in the cash, TMoment is staying mum for the moment on the direction it will be taking in 2019.

Chinavut Indracusin stars in a horror comedy about three men planning to ordain at a remote temple where all nak are being murdered by a furious spirit

Five Star Entertainment will underline its strength in the horror comedy genre with “Phee Nak” staring Chinawut Indracusin as a man who goes to be ordained at a temple that’s housing a ghost who likes to kill nak as men going through the ordination ceremony are known.

Sahamongkol Films will follow up “Morlam Mania” with “Khun Phan 3” and Prachya Pinkaew’s latest project “Sisters”, which offers a new take on the krasue ghost. The story focuses on the bond between sisters who are separated at a very young age. The older of the two dedicates her whole life to being trained as a demon hunter so she can protect her younger sister who is weaker. Shooting was completed on the film, which stars Ployyukol Rojanakatanyoo and Nantapat “Munich BNK48” Lertnamchertsakul, a while ago but no date has yet been set for the release.

Independent filmmaker Kongdej Jaturanrasmee is now working on his next project called “Where We Belong” after winning the CJ Entertainment award of $10,000 (Bt330,000) at the Busan International Film Festival that comes with a first-look option for production, investment, sales and distribution.

Kongdej returns to Chantaburi, which featured in his last film “Snap”, and this time turns the camera on two young women: Sue who is going to study aboard and her friend Belle, who is helping her finish all the items on her checklist before she leaves. The friends compare their lives – one who will soon leave to continue on her journey, and the other who will stay and live in their small town just like she always has.

Sue realises that, no matter whether she gets through all the things on her checklist or not, there will be things which she has to let go. The two protagonists are played by BNK48 members Jennis Oprasert and Praewa “Music BNK 48” Stuhampong.

Other indie films set to screen in local cinemas but for which no release date has been yet are “Kraben Rahu” (“Manta Ray”), the first Thai film to win an award from the Venice International Film Festival’s Orizzonti (Horizons) section and “Nakhon Sawan”, which premiered at the Busan International Film Festival.

Nirut Sirijanya on the set of upcoming movie Nang Non (“The Cave”), which tells the true story of the rescue of 12 young footballers and their coach./photo De Warrenefacebook 

One of the likely highlights this year is “Nang Non” (“The Cave”), which should be the first movie to chronicle the story of the 12 Thai boys and their football coach who were trapped in the Tham Luang Cave in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai last July. Directed by Thai-Irish director Tom Waller, the film opts to follow the rescue operation through the eyes of Irish diver Jim Warny, who will play himself in the film. According to the DeWarrene Facebook page, shooting is now complete and a release date has been set for July to mark the first anniversary of the rescue.

Palme d’Or winning filmmaker Apitchatpong Weerasethakul also has a new project though whether it will suffer the same fate as his last – 2015’s “Cemetery of Splendor” – and never be screened in Thailand remains to be seen.

“Memoria” will set a new milestone for Apichatpong as the film is set in Colombia. Starring Tilda Swinton, it’s his first feature shot outside of Thailand.

So all in all, it should be an exciting year for Thai cinema and this could well be reflected in the new system for box office records currently under development. Unlike South Korea and other countries, which have a clear procedure to measure audience attendance records, the keeping of a coherent record here has been severely limited by the system of distribution. For decades, movies were sold solely to distributors in each region rather than using the normal practice of profit sharing with film companies, thus making it impossible to check the actual audience for each movie.

While this system still exists in some places, the boom in multiplexes is allowing a count to be made. Official box office records have been kept for Bangkok and Chiang Mai and last year Major Cineplex started to show “countrywide” records that took account of all income from their own multiplexes as well as their rival SF Cinema and the distributors.

Last year, the top grossing film was “Nakhee 2” with Bt417.55 million, Bt146.66 million of which came from Bangkok and Chiang Mai, which shows that the film did better outside those two urban centres. The second top grossing Thai film from GDH “Nong Phee Teerak” (“Brother of The Year”), went the other way, bringing in Bt244.77 million with Bt146.86 million coming from Bangkok and Chiang Mai.

The new nationwide box office figures will take this a step further and truly reflect audience behaviour, thus giving the country’s filmmakers the chance to see how to ensure their products reach out to their target audiences.

Thor and a tender tale

Published December 30, 2018 by SoClaimon

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Thor and a tender tale

movie & TV December 28, 2018 01:00


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“Mia and the White Lion” portrays the tender relationship between Mia (Daniah De Villiers) who follows her family from London to Africa where she forms a bond with a beautiful white lion, Charlie.

However she decides to run away with Charlie when she finds that Charlie could be in harm. They set out the journey across South African savanna in search of another land where Charlie can live out his life in freedom. Actress Villiers recently talked about how she worked with the lion.

How was this project unique?

Villiers: It’s a story of love that’s never been told before. And nobody had ever worked with lions the way we did.

Kevin Richardson, the lion expert, played a key role in this project.

Yes. He set up his own wildlife sanctuary. He’s incredible. He has a special relationship with these lions.

How did it feel to move to Johannesburg?

I felt like I was jumping into the unknown, forcing my whole family to move to Johannesburg just for this project! But we all saw the potential in this unusual movie.

Why were you chosen to play Mia?

We all went to see the lions and cubs, and Kevin was there observing us. It was the first time I had ever touched a lion, and Kevin must have seen something happen.

What was it like to work with Melanie Laurent and Langley Kirkwood?

Langley plays my dad, and he taught me to keep my head on my shoulders. And Melanie is amazing, she’s a fantastic actor and such a good person. Just watching her, I learned so much about how she gets under her character’s skin. Both of them taught me a lot.

Was filming a movie with a lion difficult?

When he was a baby, there were so many people around him that he’d get really distracted. And then as he grew older, everybody moved into cages, which made it easier! Thor is really smart, because he’s been used to filming from a very young age, and that’s how we prepared: by working with him since he was a baby.

What kind of director is Gilles de Maistre?

He has such a big heart, and I love his style of filming: very natural, very raw, as if the situations were real.

What is the message behind the movie?

Thor taught me just how magnificent lions are, how they’re so much more than their reputation.

What does the future hold for your wonderful friendship with Thor?

Kevin said I can come and visit him whenever I want, because it’s really hard to just move on to something else. I don’t know what I’ll do next year, I’m trying to live in the present.

Roaring to go

Published December 27, 2018 by SoClaimon

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Felines play footy too: Mia (Daniah De Villiers) with Thor as a cub.
Felines play footy too: Mia (Daniah De Villiers) with Thor as a cub.

Roaring to go

movie & TV December 27, 2018 01:00

By Special to The Nation

French filmmaker Gilles de Maistre talks about his new feature film, “Mia and the White Lion”

The story of a young girl uprooted from her life in London when her family decides to emigrate to manage a lion farm in Africa, “Mia and the White Lion” is a touching tale that will almost certainly please adults as much as children.

The film, which opens today at cinemas across Thailand, is directed by Gilles de Maistre. In a recent interview, he talked about his inspiration, his love for wildlife and the acting talent of his star, Thor the lion.

Where did the idea for the story come from?

It goes back years. I shot a series about children around the world who have deep bonds with wild animals for a French television documentary. My research took me to South Africa, where I filmed a child whose parents had a lionbreeding farm. They bred lions for conservation purposes – or so they claimed. The end goal was to sell them on to zoos and wildlife parks, to celebrate the king of animals in all its glory, and sometimes even to rewild them. There was a 10-year-old boy there who was in love with the lions. Once we finished filming and I left the farm, I found out that the lions were being bred for hunting.

This movie is about an 11-year-old girl called Mia, whose parents breed lions and she develops a bond with a white lion cub. The parents are witnesses to this deep friendship and start worrying about what will happen when the cub grows up. So they decide to sell him to hunters. And when Mia realises the truth, she decides to save the lion and help him escape the farm to a reserve where he might live out his days in peace. But the journey to get to this safe haven is complicated, to say the least.

It’s a family movie rather than a documentary, although there was a real-life friendship that inspired the relationship between the young girl and the lion we witness in the movie. It draws on a completely new and unusual way of working. We met over 300 kids in South Africa to find just the right actor. And we came across this little girl, Daniah. The first time she came head to head with a lion cub, she didn’t use her hands as we saw most of the children do, but her head. Our lion expert, Kevin Richardson, was convinced it needed to be her. Today, Daniah has grown up, and she’s now 14. The lion is no longer a cub, but a 250-kilo giant, and yet the two are still friends. I think it’s the first time anything like this has been attempted: telling the tale of a love story between a wild animal and apex predator, and a little girl, with no special effects.



How did you meet Kevin Richardson?

Once I’d had the idea for “Mia and the White Lion”, my next question was: how can I make this happen? I’d already worked on a documentary about Kevin Richardson, called “The Lion Whisperer”. The man is just incredible, an international star who’s worked with over 100 lions over the past 20 years, dissolving the boundaries between human-kind and the animal kingdom to create authentic relationships between the two. When I spoke to him about “Mia and the White Lion”, he said: “This is going to be complicated, unless you’re prepared to film the movie over three years, using a very young lion cub. You’ll need to build a bond between the two and shoot the movie using the same lion throughout. But that’s impossible, you won’t have the time.”

And I replied: “Let’s do it anyway!”. Studio-canal and Galatee Films were excited and on board, and so that’s what we did!

They say that directing children and animals is hard for a director. And you had to do both, at the same time…

They also say that two negatives make a positive! But all joking aside, that saying is a little inaccurate. Regarding working with children, I met some truly exceptional kids on set: polite, sweet, smart, hardworking, brave… I was lucky.

And when it came to the animals, we developed a working method that’s completely different from how we tend to do things in the industry, approaching the lion as an actual actor rather than an animal we needed to tame. We built a relationship with the lion (Thor) from the moment he was born. Of course, the team kept more of a distance and by the end of the process needed to be in cages, but all the same, the lion became used to the cameras and mics. The younger actors worked with the lions on a daily basis.

It was more about creating an intimate relationship, fostering love, than training. And that gave our lion the confidence he needed to feel comfortable on set with our actors!



Was this the first time anything like this had been attempted?

Yes. It was about immersion and creating habit and routine. The lion spent time with our actor every day, wandering around the set even when we weren’t filming.

And he was a real character! Kevin Richardson had never seen a lion as talented as our Thor. It might have been down to the time it took us to make the film and the atmosphere we had on set, but when we had to redo some takes, he was able to recreate the exact same thing, like a real actor.

Cinematic offers from France

Published December 27, 2018 by SoClaimon

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Cinematic offers from France

movie & TV December 26, 2018 01:00

By The Nation

Prince Theatre Heritage Stay in collaboration with the French Embassy will turn its lobby into a mini cinema for the “French Weekend Movie Club” and screening two popular movies with English subtitles on the last weekend of the month through February.

The event kicks on this Friday and Saturday (December 28-29) with “Le Grand Mechant Renard et Autres Contes (“The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales”), a 2017 French animated anthology comedy directed by Benjamin Renner and Patrick Imbert; and “Tamara”, a 2016 teen comedy film directed by Alexandre Castagnetti.

On January 25 and 26, screenings continue with Jean-Paul Rouve’s “Les Souvenirs” (“Memories”), a touching 2014 fiction about a grandmother, who escapes from a nursing home and her young grandson; and “Chante Ton Bac D’Abord” (“We Did It On A Song”), a 2014 musical docudrama directed by David Andre.

Hubert Charuel’s “Petit Paysan” (“Bloody Milk”), a 2017 film with the French countryside as backdrop and “Ridicule”, a 1996 classic period fiction taking place at the Versailles court directed by Patrice Leconte, will be screened on February 22 and 23.

Showtime stars at 6pm with complimentary popcorn served. Customers can also enjoy a 10-per-cent discount on food and drinks at the hotel’s iconic Box Office Bar, which serves colourful and creative cocktails and mocktails some of them named after classic Hollywood blockbusters.

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Iflix as an app

Published December 21, 2018 by SoClaimon

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Iflix as an app

movie & TV December 21, 2018 01:00


Just as awesome as the app but even easier to access and use iflix Mobile Web now enables users to watch a selection of their favourite shows without the hassle of downloading and signing-up on site. What’s even better is that iflix Mobile Web loads faster and only takes 140kb of space on your phone to run!

No signups are only applicable for Android users for the moment as iflix continues to work on this being available too for iOS devices.

All iflix-FREE movies and television shows, along with many of iflix’s most popular features, are available on iflix Mobile Web without signup. Like the app, you have the option to create an account, upgrade to iflix-VIP and receive a 30-day VIP free trial.

“More than one billion people access the Internet in the Asia-Pacific region. We’re talking about more than 46 per cent of the total online users in the world. iflix Mobile Web delivers great experiences for any device in any connectivity. This is enormously valuable to customers in emerging markets like Thailand which are mobile-first but can face challenges when it comes to consistent and reliable internet access,” says Artima Suraphongchai, country manager for iflix Thailand.

Now available to over one billion consumers throughout Asia, the Middle East and Africa, iflix has established itself as the clear market leader in video streaming. Offering consumers a vast library of top Hollywood, regional, and local TV shows and movies, including many first run exclusives and awardwinning programmes, and now news, each subscription allows users to access the service on up to five devices, including phones, laptops, tablets, and even television.

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