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It’s all about challenges
Here in Thailand, there are many Thai movies in local theatres these days. The whole Thai movie industry is also getting a lot of coverage in the Bangkok Post. There is a good reason.
The writer explains that reason in the first paragraph of today’s story. Pattara Danutra says there is a renaissance of Thai film. The word ‘renaissance’ comes from a period of European history of the same name, between the 14th and 16th centuries (500 to 700 years ago). During that time artists and writers looked back to the classical arts of ancient Greece and Rome, rediscovered them and developed new forms. ‘A renaissance’ has now come to mean any lively new development, especially in artistic and intellectual fields. A person who is active in new artistic developments is often called a ‘renaissance man or woman’.
Actress Pimpan Chalayanacupt, is not a renaissance woman, but she has certainly made a strong impression in the local film scene. You’ll find out just how she has done that in today’s story. The theme of the story is clear in the title: she ‘thrives on challenge’. Thrive means to enjoy or be successful at something, especially something that other people would not like or try.
There are really three different challenges mentioned in the story. The first is Pimpan’s challenge as an actress, that is the difficulties of this particular role. There is also a professional challenge, which refers to the decisions an artist makes about his or her career. The final challenge is one faced by the filmmakers.
As you read you will find out exactly what those challenges were. As a way of summarising them, complete each of the sentences below. There are several examples of Pimpan’s challenges, be sure you include them all.
Pimpan was challenged as an actress because …
Pimpan faced a professional challenge when she decided …
The challenge for the filmmakers is present because …
Which of the three challenges seems to you to be the most difficult? Can you explain why?
The filmmakers have successfully met their challenge and the movie will be on in theatres this week. Suppose you have an English-speaking friend that you would like to take with you to see this movie. Your friend doesn’t know much about Thai films and is afraid (s)he won’t be able to understand this one. What would you tell your friend about the movie, the star and Thai movies in general, to convince him/her to go with you?
First, can you find out from today’s Bangkok Post if there is a showing of the film with English subtitles? That would certainly help.
Next, write an email (or letter or postcard) inviting your friend. Remember to stress the things you think are interesting about this movie, but don’t tell too much. You want to maintain a little mystery.
Chose your words well
Review the vocabulary to find words and phrases you can use in your email. For example, would you use these words or not: gruesome, psychological, feminine instincts, nudity, explicit? If you did, how would you use them? Remember, you are trying to convince someone to see the movie with you.
The writer uses two phrases based on the word ‘choose’ to say that Pimpan has become well enough respected that she can choose which roles to take. Can you find the two phrases? Think about how you could use one or both to persuade your friend to join you. Do you have to use the phrases to talk only about the movie, or could you use them about yourself and your friend?
Note: A check of today’s Bangkok Post will show Thai readers how the filmmaker’s challenge was met. They made a subtle change in the Thai title of the movie. An English translation of the change would be from “Sinners of Prom Pi Ram” to “Night of Sin in Prom Pi Ram”. Did the English title change or not?
OUR STORY FROM THE BANGKOK POST
gruesome no picnic come to the fore debuted prominent macabre dominated by imagery psychological obstacle investigation feminine instincts scenario explicit laid down nudity wretched torn traumatised a small price to pay limelight tarnished banned
come to the fore
a small price to pay