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Thai film “October 14” to premiere in Melbourne
on Friday 27 February 2015
Multicultural Arts Victoria in partnership with Wantok Musik and SILP Productions will present October 14 the
latest documentary film of young Thai director Chartchai Ketnust (Nat) on Friday 27 February at the South
Melbourne Town Hall Theatrette from 5.30pm to 8.30pm. The presentation of the film will include a Q&A with
the visiting international director to discuss and analyse diverse aspects of his production. This new cinematic
version is 90 mins in duration and fully subtitled in English. There will be light refreshments available.
October 14 takes its title from the date of the popular uprising of 14 October, 1973. Known as the "Day of Great
Sorrow" it was a watershed event in Thailand's history. The uprising resulted in the end of the ruling military
dictatorship and altered the Thai political system. Notably, it highlighted the growing influence of Thai university
students in politics. Nat's film is the most in-depth documentary that has yet been made about these events. It
weaves together archival footage, interviews with survivors, witnesses, and political analysts.
October 14 will be also screened at GOMA (Gallery of Modern art Brisbane) as part of the Perspectives seminar:
Imagining the Asia pacific: Contemporary Documentaries of the Region on Thursday 19 of February 2015.
“October 14”
Friday 27 February, 5.30pm-8.30pm
Theatrette, South Melbourne Town Hall, 208-220 Bank St, South Melbourne
Presented by Multicultural Arts Victoria in partnership with Wantok Musik and SILP Productions. Supported by The
Planet Spins, Australia Thailand Institute, Krabi Studios, Whitelight, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and
Media queries
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Notes to Editors
About the director
Chartchai Ketnust (Nat) is a post-production producer, director and writer in Thailand's independent film industry.
Nat has worked on many of the highest-quality Thai films such as Alone, 4Bia, Dorm, and The Tin Mine. Nat has a
keen interest in editing and was awarded the Best Film Editing Award from Bangkok Critics Assembly for the
documentary named Final Score.
Nat's artistic philosophy is to infuse his creative sensibilities into projects to give them a new meaning. When
working on documentaries he is known for his innovative use of cinematic conventions to in the production and
presentation of documentaries resulting in higher audience appreciation. When Nat worked on the documentation
of theatrical performances it was his idea to use the film medium to show the physicality of the theatre
performances, resulting in increased audience engagement. Nat's gift in this medium was recognized by the
National Discovery Museum Institute who invited him to design and deliver a project that reframed the way that
Thai people understand a themselves - he is credited with helping Thai people imagine a new way of seeing what it
means to be Thai. Through this project, in which Nat worked as documentary film writer and director, he was also
asked to challenge the geographic representation of Thailand and how this has informed the notion of "being Thai"
from both a contemporary and a traditional/historical perspective. In an effort to promote the acceptance of a
more universal view of "being Thai" - the video for Thai people was used to challenge their preconceptions and the
museum has received many visitors and very positive feedback from these productions.
Multicultural Arts Victoria (MAV) is a not for profit organisation that has evolved over four decades into one of
Australia's most important bodies for development and promotion of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD)
contemporary art, heritage and cultural expression. Over 800,000 participants each year are engaged in MAV’s
innovative, educational and culturally rich program. MAV also provides crucial advice and significant initiatives for
career development and creative capacity building for artists and communities from established and emerging
backgrounds. The organisation can provide expertise in audience development, community engagement, and
artistic excellence in CALD communities.