U.K. gets first Thai film fest

Brit directed 'Butterfly' makes debut

LONDON –- The first ever Thai Film Festival in Britain is set to bow Nov. 28-Dec.5 in London with Brit directed pic “Butterfly Man,” skedded for national release Dec. 6, set to preem.

Directed by Kaprice Kea, “Butterfly Man” follows the adventures of a British backpacker in Thailand who falls in love with a local girl and ends up having to rescue her from the perils of human trafficking. Cast includes Stuart Laing (“South West Nine”), Abigail Good (“Eyes Wide Shut”) and Gavan O’Herlihy (“Never Say Never Again”).

Other films also getting their U.K. premiere include epic war drama and one of Thailand’s highest grossing pics “Bang Rajan,” directed by Thanit Jitnukul, cult gangster comedy “Killer Tattoo,” directed by Yuthlert Sippapack, comedy musical “Hoedown Showdown,” directed by Bhandit Thongdee.

New and vintage Thai film films from comedy and romance to period-drama and horror will be screened at the Prince Charles, Curzon and Odeon cinemas in London.

Other movies putting in an appearance at the fest include bittersweet comedy musical “Monrak Transistor” (A Transistor Love Story) directed by Pen- Ek Ratanaruang, currently tipped as this year’s “Tears of the Black Tiger,” “Mehkong Full Moon Party” from the producers of sleeper hit “The Iron Ladies,” directed by Keng-Jira Maikul.

Fest will also showcase two of multi-award winning director Nonzee Nimibutr’s pics including controversial drama “Jan Dara” and his no holds bar look at Bangkok’s Mafia underworld in “Dang Bireley and the Young Gangsters.”

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