SPOTLIGHTS

SPOTLIGHTS

GDH

Over the past decade there is no denying that GDH (and its predecessor GTH) have become the gold standard for commercial film production in Thailand. From early hits such as Bangkok Love Story and Hello Stranger to international blockbusters Pee Mak and Bad Genius, the release of every new GDH film is an event. This Spotlight will go behind the scenes of the studio's creative process and brand building with Jira Maligool and 
Vanridee Pongsittisak, the studio’s two lead producers.

Thursday, July 4th, 19:00 - 21:00

Auditorium

Conducted in Thai with English translation

PHUTTIPONG AROONPHENG

At the 2018 Venice Film Festival, Phuttipong Aroonpheng’s first feature Manta Ray received the Orizzonti Awards Prize, the first time a Thai film was ever bestowed with that honor. The film continues to travel and receive praise from all corners of the world. This Spotlight will take a look at Aroonpheng’s 8-year journey of making this film a reality, starting from its initial conception, to finding collaborators, facing roadblocks, and making the short Ferris Wheel, which ultimately led to the feature film in its final form.

Saturday, July 6th, 17:00 - 19:00

Auditorium

Conducted in Thai with English translation

Jira MALIGOOL

— a producer, writer, and director who is the co-founder and current head producer of GDH 559 film studio. Graduating from Chulalongkorn Faculty of Communication Arts, he began his career by forming Hub Ho Hin, a production company focusing on TV ads. His early work as producer of The Iron Ladies 1 and 2, and My Girl, led him to co-found GTH, the predecessor of GDH. He is the head producer responsible for all of the studio’s releases.

Vanridee PONGSITTISAK

— a producer who is currently the director of project and script development of GDH. Graduating from Chulalongkorn Faculty of Communication Arts, she was the head of script development for many of GTH’s hits such as Bangkok Love Story, Pee Mak, and SuckSeed. After the formation of GDH, she became the producer of the studio’s best known titles such as Bad Genius, One Day, Homestay, and Friend Zone.

PHUTTIPONG AROONPHENG


— studied fine arts at Bangkok’s Silpakorn University. His short films have screened in festivals including Busan, Rotterdam, Hamburg and Singapore. His latest short Ferris Wheel, screened in over 20 festivals and received 10 awards. He also works extensively as a cinematographer, with credits including Vanishing Point by Jakrawal Nilthamrong, The Island Funeral by Pimpaka Towira, and Dolphins by Waleed Al-Shehh. In 2018, he made his debut feature Manta Ray.

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