This month, Thailand's movie industry witnessed a historic record, with Pee Mak Phra Khanong raking in more than 500 million baht within a few weeks. As a Thai, I feel proud that a Thai movie can be so successful, more successful than most foreign movies have been.
I had not been to a cinema for about three years, not since my son was born. When he was a baby, I could not leave his side for four hours (traffic, finding a parking space, queuing time and 30 minutes of trailers and commercials included) just to see a movie. Even now that he is turning three, I still prefer to wait for the DVD to come out so I can watch movies at home while my son is napping.
My mother made a mistake when I was about three years old. She took me to see a film about Angulimala, the bandit who has a change of heart after encountering the Lord Buddha, and I was bored. Seeing a frizzy-haired lady in front of me, I decided it would be fun to test whether she could feel it if I put ice on her hair. After about three cubes, I had to be swept away by my mother who ran out mid-movie, apologising a million times to the unfortunate lady whose hair was by then flat and wet. I learned from this experience that you can never trust a child to behave during a movie.