Swiss film academic and film writer Natalie Böhler has published a very insightful text with the German language film magazine Film Bulletin on the role, function and history of “Ghosts in Thai Film” in specific and on ghosts in traditional Thai culture in general. Her analysis is very worth reading, as Natalie has written her doctoral thesis on “Nationalism in Thai Film”, entitled: Made in Thailand: Thainess, Performance and Narration in Contemporary Thai Cinema. She is an academic expert in Thai Film.
Academic webpage of Natalie Böhler:
Unfortunately, her text currently only exists in print form, in German, and is not yet available online, something that needs to be changed at Film Bulletin.
As with “Ghosts in Thai Film” Natalie Böhler put her focus on the work body of Apichatpong Weerasethakul, but also recognized Anucha Boonyawatana as a strong new voice in Thai cinema when dealing with his 2015 Berlinale world premiere “The Blue Hour” (Onthakan), Panorama section.
“The Blue Hour” is available on DVD in a German subtitled version
or with English subtitles in the international DVD version from Strand Releasing.
Godfrey Cheshire on “The Blue Hour” at RogerEbert.com
Boyd van Hoeij for Hollywood Reporter:
Natalie Böhler’s text also refers to the 2013 Blockbuster success “Pee Mak” from film director Banjong Pisanthanakun, when ghosts are becoming a form of humouresque and subversive ciriticism, both on society and outlived narration forms.