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Friday, 19 April 2019 04:22 pm

Bangkok gay life inspires short film

Boreham MAINWELLINGTON filmmaker Andy Boreham (right) showed the world you don’t need a Peter Jackson- sized budget or Weta digital effects to showcase your work.
He’s done it by taking second place in the Outrage Online Short Film Contest, which showcases gay short films.

Andy – whose successful entry is titled Lost and Found in Bangkok – has been making films since he was a kid.

He entered his first competition at 15 using a video camera he had saved for while working for his mother: “It was awesome seeing my film on the big screen at The Paramount.”

When only 16 he was given a special mention in the SPADA Young Filmmaker of the Year Awards.

Lost and Found in Bangkok originally aired on the TVNZ show The Outlook, which sought young queer filmmakers to showcase their work. He says they loved his idea and told him “to go for it”.

He finds he tends to write the film in his head and has a terrible time trying to get it on paper.

When working on the script for Lost and Found in Bangkok, he stewed ideas in his head for a few weeks and then spilled it out on paper in an afternoon.

The finished film is five minutes long, but Andy who wrote, filmed, directed and edited the piece, had the “mammoth task” of editing down three to four hours of footage.

The film is set the capital of Thailand where Andy was visiting while thinking of ideas for a film.

He says the idea of a young gay man finding himself while overseas seemed to work.

“Thailand appears on the face of it to be a very gay-friendly place.  Gay life in Bangkok offers a great juxtaposition to gay life in little old Aotearoa.”

The gay nightlife of Thailand is explored, but this caused the most trouble for filming, says Andy.

 “A lot of it is under strict police control.  No bars or clubs would let us film there — recording devices are strictly forbidden.”

A friend of his was hiring a club for his birthday and told the owners he was hiring Andy to film the party, meaning he could covertly get his scenes shot. 

Go-go bar scenes were filmed in Thailand’s northern city of Chiang Mai where they were able to film when the club was usually closed.

They picked a bunch of boys and paid them to dance on stage for the price they’d usually get having to go home with someone (around $40).

He says the internet has made short films much more accessible to the public.

“Before, you could only have your work played in festivals with limited audiences if it was deemed good enough.

“Now you can exhibit almost anything and have feedback from your audience, which is awesome.”

View the film below:

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