04 April 2012

Shakespeare Must Die


Shakespeare Must Die

Ing Kanjanavanit’s film Shakespeare Must Die (เชคสเปียร์ต้องตาย) has been banned by Thailand’s board of film censors. The film was refused a certificate yesterday, on the specious grounds that it may create division within society. (The Thai Ministry of Culture has long been obsessed with maintaining the out-dated notion of social harmony, when in reality Thai society is deeply polarised between red-shirt and yellow-shirt supporters.)

The film, inspired by Macbeth, was produced by the photographer Manit Sriwanichpoom; Ing and Manit jointly run the Kathmandu gallery in Bangkok. Shakespeare Must Die is not Ing’s first banned film: her cult film My Teacher Eats Biscuits (คนกราบหมา) was banned in 1997.