FilmDoo brings overlooked Southeast Asia films to global audience
James R | On 01, Jun 2016
FilmDoo is working with a range of film talent from Thailand, Malaysia and Laos to give international online releases to overlooked films from the region.
14 films in total will be released on FilmDoo on Friday 3rd June, following deals with Tom Waller of De Warrenne Pictures and Florent Duroc from Lao New Wave Cinema Productions.
The line-up includes the powerful documentary Boundary (dir. Nontawat Numbenchapol), which was originally banned in Thailand, The Second Life of Thieves (dir. Woo Ming Jin), a poignant account of a village chief’s journey into the past, and Tom Waller’s award-winning The Last Executioner, the true story of the final man in Thailand to hold the job of executing by gunfire.
“FilmDoo.com gives audiences a chance to access our award-winning titles all over the world,” comments Walller, director of The Last Executioner and founder of leading Thai film production company De Warrenne Pictures, “Some of these titles have never been distributed to home video before, and with this online portal, everyone can finally see our films.”
Road movie I Carried you Home (dir. Tongpong Chantarangkul) also joins the collection, after winning the Thailand National Film Association Awards for Best Actress and Best Cinematography, alongside Toronto Film Festival-selected Sway, directed by Rooth Tang.
“The future of cinema is about innovating distribution, opening up channels for new ideas and voices to be heard,” adds Tang. “I’m grateful to see we’re making strides towards that and for Sway to play a small part.”
Boundary director Nontawat Numbenchapol adds: “I never dreamt or imagined that one day I would able to watch a film by Lav Diaz, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Davy Chou, Edwin or Royston Tan in the same website. It is so beautiful and wonderful to finally have this.”
“These new releases from Thailand and Southeast Asia are particularly close to my heart,” comments FilmDoo’s Thai co-founder Weerada Sucharitkul. “We’re proud to be one of the pioneers in showcasing premium films from this region.”
For more on FilmDoo’s collection of Southeast Asian Films, visit – or for more on the VOD service’s curated approach to cinema, see our interview with founder Weerada Sucharitkul.