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A night to celebrate the Thai film industry

By: Kong Rithdee
Published: 1/03/2009 at 12:00 AM
Newspaper section: Brunch

Certainly a far cry from the glitz of the Oscars, this year's Subannahongsa Awards, hosted by the Federation of National Film Associations of Thailand on Sunday, Feb 22, was an impressive gathering of celebrities who turned up to celebrate the biggest night of the Thai film industry at the Thailand Cultural Centre.


Sorapong Chatri, Rachawin ‘Koy’ Wongwiriya and Focus Jirakul.

The red carpet was rolled out to welcome the stars up the stairs, through the metal detector and into the vast main hall. Along the roped-out areas, enthusiastic paparazzi and onlookers snapped pictures and you could almost smell the pungent flashbulbs.

Though she wasn't nominated, Marsha Wattanapanich was the sun around which photographers orbited, mainly due to her sparkling, nearly see-through dress. Siripan "Noon" Wattanajinda, nominated for best supporting actress from Where the Miracle Happens, carried her tall physique elegantly, while teenage star Focus Jirakul, also nominated - and the eventual winner - for best suppporting actress in Pid Term Yai Hua Jai Wawon, was a plump apple, pure and cute.

Once the ceremony began, guests were treated to a series of shows, the most memorable one featuring a stunning Cirque du Soleil dancer dangling from a hoop. The first award was the Lifetime Achievement honour given to Dome Sukvong, for his tireless dedication to the Thai Film Archive; Dome's speech, comparing the archive to a hospital and a temple, was also the most touching of the night.


Culture Minister Thira Salakpetch, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, MC Chatrichalerm Yukol.

The Subannahongsa revealed a bag of surprises this year, when independent film Wonderful Town swept past studio titles to win best picture, best director, best screenplay (both by Aditya Assarat), best cinematographer and best art direction. The best actor prize went to Ananda Everingham for Happy Birthday, while the best actress trophy went to Rachawin "Koy" Wongwiriya from Rak Sam Sao.

Ananda Everingham and Saengthong Ket-uthong.

The night ended with PM Abhisit Vejjajiva giving a speech before MC Chatrichalerm Yukol announced the best picture winner.


Grace Mahadumrongkul.



Kiettisak Udomnak, Willy Mcintosh and Nakorn Silachai.



Cirque du Soleil dancer.

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