Special screenings of Hi-So at Curzon Renoir and Hackney Picturehouse

HI-SO

In cinemas 1 March 2013

Director Aditya Assarat

Film Premiere – Curzon Renoir 1st March 6.15pm & Q&A and Hackney Picturehouse 2nd March 2pm

Starring

Ananda Everingham, Cerise Leang, Sajee Apiwong

Synopsis:

Ananda has returned home from abroad.  Unsure of his career plans, he accepts an invitation to act in a new movie for a famous director.  During the filming in a small seaside town, Zoe, his American girlfriend from University, arrives for a week-long visit.  But the change of country takes its toll and she soon becomes frustrated at the situation.  Meanwhile, Ananda meets another girl on the beach…

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT

I think this project should start with voices, it should get the voices right. We talk in our own language and it sounds like no other language in the world. It’s a mix of Thai and English and probably nobody can understand it except people who know both languages. If you know one but not the other, then only half of it makes sense. In this way, we’re no different from a tribe. So my approach is to shoot a documentary about a tribe of youth. It’s a new tribe which only recently came into being. A century ago, if you were born in Thailand, it meant something definite. It meant you spoke Thai, probably never left your country, maybe never even left your town. But nowadays, with low cost airlines and internet, things aren’t so simple. New tribes have sprouted up around the world that are not defined by national borders but by education, taste and opportunity.

On Facebook, I have some 300 friends. Most of them don’t live in this country but I have more in common with them than people who live down the street: favourite movies, favourite music, favourite books. We’re all the same, a pop tribe sprouted from pop stuff.

DIRECTOR’S PROFILE

Aditya Assarat was born in Bangkok, Thailand. He studied film production at the University of Southern California. He started his career by making his thesis film Motorcycle (2000) which was the first Thai film to compete in Clermont-Ferrand, Tampere, Oberhausen and Sundance.

His other shorts include Waiting (2002), Boy Genius (2004), and The Sigh (2005) which together won fifteen awards. In 2006, he started the production company Pop Pictures to produce his debut feature Wonderful Town (2007). The film, supported by Rolex, the Hubert Bals Fund, the Sundance Annenberg Fund, and the Pusan Asian Cinema Fund, won the New Currents Award at Pusan and Tiger Award at Rotterdam.

 2010 Hi-So

2009 Phuket (short)

2009 Bangkok Blues (short)

2007 Wonderful Town

2005 3 Friends (documentary)

2005 The Sigh (short)

2004 Boy Genius (short)

2003 Waiting (short)

2002 Raw Velvet (documentary)

2000 Motorcycle (short)

Cast:

Ananda Everingham

Cerise Leang

Sajee Apiwong

Crew:

Director: Aditya Assarat

Script: Aditya Assarat

Producers: Aditya Assarat, Soros Sukhum

About The Author

Reviews Editor, Contributor and Festival Coordinator

Ollie has written for Front Row Reviews pretty much since its inception about seven years ago whilst still studying Film & Television. Since then, he was trust into the world of independent film distribution and has recently started working with Picturehouse Entertainment in their Marketing Department. Having written and produced two radio series, he is moving hoping to (one day) write a web series/short film/feature (delete as appropriate ;)). His favourite director is David Lynch (which makes him make a lot of sense!) and his favourite films are The Hours, Mulholland Drive, Volver, Blade Runner and Bridget Jones Diary.

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