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    ... transgendernews@yahoogroups.com From: Meryl Sizemore Straits Times, Singapore
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 31, 2003
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      Straits Times, Singapore

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      MORE OF THE SAME

      IN THE mid-1990s, the Thai film industry was in a state of creative
      drought, with only 20-25 local films each year for its population of
      61 million people.

      But Wouter Barendrecht, co-chairman of Dutch company Fortissimo Film
      Sales and producer of Last Life, says cinema-goers can expect
      approximately 75 films this year.

      These are likely to feature the industry's pet genres, which have
      proven capable of appealing to international audiences.

      'Horror, transvestite and action-themed films generally do well
      abroad,' says Ms Carrie Wong, managing director of Hong Kong-based
      film sales company Golden Network Asia. 'Audiences overseas like the
      type of films they are already familiar with,' says Mr Ekachai
      Uekrongtham, a local theatre veteran and the director of the
      upcoming Beautiful Boxer, a movie based on the life of a transsexual
      kickboxer.

      'If Thai moviemakers were to go into drama, I don't think they will
      sell well,' he says.

      He is in the midst of finalising agreements for international
      distribution of his movie, he says.




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