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Tilman Baumgartel

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9789888083602

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888083602.001.0001

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Fiction, Interrupted

Fiction, Interrupted

Discontinuous Illusion and Regional Performance Traditions in Contemporary Thai Independent Film

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(p.59) 5 Fiction, Interrupted
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Southeast Asian Independent Cinema
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Natalie Böhler

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888083602.003.0006

Mingmongkol Sonakul’s “Isarn Special” (2002) as well as a number of other recent Thai independent films, such as those by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, refer to acting and narrating techniques familiar from Thai drama traditions. The ensemble of the troupe is fundamental, as all elements of the play, namely narration, acting, music and chorus, are divided equally and non-hierarchically between the troupe members, assigning to each their specific functions that are, in equal measure, complementally significant in the formation of the artistic synthesis of the play. An equally important dramatic tradition is that of shared narrating. The essay points out how contemporary independent films from Thailand continue a “aesthetics of discontinuity” that goes back to traditional theatre.

Keywords:   Mingmongkol Sonakul’s, Isarn Special, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Independent Cinema, Southeast Asia, Thailand, Narration

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