Bangkok Podcast 55: Chris Lowenstein
Thailand is a country that offers foreign film productions everything they need – amazing locations, skillful crew, talented actors and more. With foreign film productions come big money and jobs, so it’s no wonder that the Thai government is pushing the country as a movie industry hub, but if you want to film here – who do you call? You call Chris Lowenstein, this week’s guest.
As one of the owners of Living Films, Chris is the main man when it comes to bringing in film productions – anything from small commercials to long-running television series to full-scale Hollywood blockbusters. His latest project is the mega Hollywood blockbuster “The Hangover Part 2”, and his role as the film’s line producer means Chris is in charge of everything that happens here: catering, work visas, film permits, transportation, hiring local crew. working with the cast and director to make sure everything’s going smoothly, and more.
Chris talks to us about the film industry in Thailand – what they’re doing right, what they could improve, and what it’s like working within a system that’s notoriously fickle when it comes to censorship. He also tells us a few stories from The Hangover Part 2 such as how hard it was to shut down parts of Chinatown, and how a boat they hired in California ended up getting lost on a Chinese river.
Greg also tells us about a baby shower that he attended where he was equal parts amused and horrified to find a piñata in the shape of a pregnant mermaid.
Joe Louis Puppet theatre
The Joe Louis Puppetry troupe has a new home, from which it will not only perform but also pass on the tradition to a new generation. Bangkok’s Srinakharinwirot University has offered the troupe a place to stay, perform and teach in, after the group had to close its Nattaya Sala theatre in Suan Lum Night Bazaar.
Attend an Art Lecture
The Jim Thompson Art Center in collaboration with Jitti Kasemkitwattana, are running a series of art lectures touching on the history of art and its significant transformations, from the Renaissance to modernity. www.thejimthompsonartcenter.org. The tuition fee is B5,000.
After the huge buzz surrounding it a few months back, Thonglor’s latest lifestyle enclave Seenspace continues to impress with the addition of Clouds, a nifty new bar by Ashley Sutton, the man behind Iron fairies and Fat Gut’z.
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