29 September 2020

Thai Cinema Uncensored


Thai Cinema Uncensored
My first book, Thai Cinema Uncensored, goes on sale today. Published in paperback by Silkworm Books, it’s the first full-length history of Thai film censorship. The book examines how Thai filmmakers approach culturally sensitive subjects—sex, religion, and politics—and how their films have been banned as a result. It also features interviews with ten leading Thai directors: Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Yuthlert Sippapak, Pen-ek Ratanaruang, Chulayarnnon Siriphol, Thunska Pansittivorakul, Ing Kanjanavanit, Tanwarin Sukkhapisit, Kanittha Kwunyoo, Surasak Pongson, and Nontawat Numbenchapol. Nontawat also took the cover photograph, which is a still from Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (ลุงบุญมีระลึกชาติ).

Reviewing Thai Cinema Uncensored in the Bangkok Post newspaper, historian Chris Baker described it as a “fascinating book which has relevance for film, contemporary culture and politics in general.” It will be released in the US and the UK on 21st March 2021, distributed by the University of Washington Press, and is available for pre-order at all major online book retailers (including Amazon US and UK). It is also available as an e-book (Kindle, Google Books, and Kobo).