SOAS University of London

South East Asia Section, School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics

Thailand On Screen

Module Code:
Module Not Running 2022/23
Year of study:
Year 2, Year 3 or Year 4

This module will examine key issues pertaining to the work of Thai filmmakers who have risen to fame since the rejuvenation of cinema in Thailand post 1997. It will focus in particular on the work of Pen-ek Ratanaruang, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Nonzee Nimibutr, Wisit Sasanathieng, Yutthlert Sippapak, Parchya Pinkaew and Youngyooth Thongkongthoon with an examination of their principal cinematic works and with reference to the Thai and Western cinematic sources on which they draw. For this reason the module will also include a consideration of the older generation of Thai filmmakers who have influenced the current 'avant-garde', most notable M.C. Chatrichalerm Yukhol. The module will contextualize the chosen films in light of the cultural, economic, political and historical context in which they have been produced. It will focus in particular on the effects of Thailand's cultural and cinematic response to the economic crash of 1997 and the reorientation of attitudes to globalization and the West which this crisis provoked.


155901318 South East Asia on Film (or equivalent).

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

On successful completion of this module a student will have:

  1. acquired a broad knowledge of the work of the key filmmakers who have risen to fame since the regeneration of Thai cinema post 1997
  2. developed the ability to consider these films critically in terms of the historical and cultural context in which they have been created
  3. learned how to analyse the films both visually and culturally
  4. have had the opportunity to strengthen their skills in essay writing and will have learned how to extract and process information from cinematic and secondary sources, and to combine the two
  5. learned how to contribute constructively to debates, how to accommodate the views of others in the learning group and how to present their own views orally


Total of 10 weeks teaching with 4 hours classroom contact per week consisting of a 1 hour lecture and a 1 hour seminar and a 2 hour film screening.

Method of assessment

Two reaction papers of 600 words each (30%); an essay of 2000 words to be submitted on day 5, week 1, in the term after the module is taught (70%).

Suggested reading

A comprehensive reading list  will be supplied by the convenor at the beginning of the module.


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