Thai floods impact entertainment
Thailand’s worst flooding in 70 years has wreaked havoc on the entertainment biz, but there are signs of resilience in the southeast Asian country despite the deluge.
The flooding, which began in July, has hit nearly a third of the country’s 77 provinces, including Bangkok, causing the cancellation of concerts and the closure of theaters in the capital, while local and overseas distribs have postponed the launch of some titles.
However, the Thailand Film Office said filmmakers from overseas were still working on projects in unaffected regions in central and southern parts of the country.
“At present, we have about eight or nine productions filming or getting ready to start production,” TFO director Wanasiri Morakul said in a statement.
“We know that many international filmmakers are presently in pre-production for 2012 shoots and we want to assure you, Bangkok will bounce back very quickly from this tragic situation. Please don’t count us down and out — we are now, and will be in the future, open for your filming business,” she said.