A first-class honored graduate
in English from Thammasat University and MA in journalism
from Chulalongkorn University, Anchalee Chaiworaporn
has spent her professional life in various disciplines,
from being a social worker, a journalist, a full-time
lecturer at Mahidol University,
to a film critic and a film researcher. She started
her journalistic career by reporting on social
developmental news for a local alternative news
agency and two English-language newspapers, Thailand
Times and The Nation, before expanding
to include the film and its related industry in
Despite the stagnant state of the Thai
film industry, she kept on writing about Thai
movies, which were considered low-grade by
the public. Without any supports, she has, on a number
of occasions, spent her personal savings to pursue
her love of film. This included the
trips to report on the annual international film
events in Cannes and Berlin since 1995. Her passion was rewarded when she
was commissioned to write for and contribute
to the international film journal Variety in
In 1998, Anchalee was awarded a scholarship to further her second master degree in film studies at Southampton University in England where she met and studied with Pam Cook, one of the noted British film theorist. She completed her dissertation entitled From Pan-Chineseness to Global Industry: the Transformation of John Woo's Works in Hollywood.
Upon the return to home, she wrote her first Thai-language critic piece on Nonzee Nimibutr's Nang Nak. It won Thailand's 2000 Best ML Bunlua Thepphayasuwan Film Critic. In 2002, she was awarded another writing prize named Best MR Ayumongkol Article Writer, where she wrote the articles: The Ballad and Tragedy of Jandara, Nothing New in Postmodern Criticism, and John Woo and Post-Fordism.
In 2002-2004, Anchalee was granted two fellowships from Ford-supported Asian Scholarship Foundation and Nippon Foundation, to do research on women directors in South Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines. She is now doing the same research on Singaporean and Thai women directors by her own savings.
With her both academic and industrial background in film, Anchalee has worked in different kinds of disciplines as follows:
FILM WRITING & CRITICISM
International Journals: The
Art Magazine (Singapore), Cahier du Cinema (France),
Cinemaya, Premier Korea, Variety (UK and USA), Asian Cinema (US)
Thailand Journals: Image,
Matichon, Siam Rath.
Books: - Film In Southeast
Asia: Religious Views (David Hanan ed), 2000
- Being and Becoming: The Cinema of Asia (Aruna
Vasudev ed.), 2002
- Contemporary Asian Cinema: Popular Culture
in a Global Frame (Anne Ciecko ed.), 2005
- Film Theory and Criticism, published by Sukhothai Thammathirat
Open University, 2005 (Thai).
Fore more books, please see http://www.thaicinema.org/biblio.asp
FILM FESTIVAL CONSULTANT
- Cannes' Critic Week since 2004
- consultant (ASEAN films), Venice International Film Festival, 2006.
- consultant, Far East Film Festival (Italy) since 2001.
Documentary Jury, 2007 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Czech Republic)
Main Competition Jury in 2006 World Film Festival of Bangkok (Thailand)
Main Competition Jury in 2006 Seoul International Film Festival (South Korea)
Head of Jury, NETPAC, in 2005 Black Nights Film Festival (Estonia)
Fipresci jury member in 2005 Hong Kong International Film Festival
Fipresci jury member in 2005 Bangkok International Film Festival
Head of Jury in Malaysia's 2004 Cyberjaya Digital Award
Official jury member in 2002 Bangkok Film Festival
Fipresci jury member in 2002 Pusan International Film Festival
TEACHING AND LECTURESHIP
- Speaker on Thai cinema at the University of Philippines (2003)
- Speaker on Thai cinema at Teater Utan Kayu in Indonesia (2004)
- Speaker on Thai cinema at HELP University, Malaysia (2004)
- Thai cinema show and lecture at International School of Film and Television, Cuba which was established by wellknown Nobel Prizewinner Gabriel Marquez. (2005)
- A course on "Seminar in Film Studies," Mahidol University, Salaya Campus.
Anchalee is now working on the following research
topics and essays:
- Violence in New Thai Cinema (done) published with Asian Research Institute, Singapore.
- Early Cinema and Royalty (Thai part is done)
- Generations and the Conflicting Representation
of Identity in New Thai Cinema
- The Culture of Hitmen in Thai Cinema
- Ghost and Gender in Thai Horror
- The Question of National Cinema in Southeast
- Women Directors in East Asia and Southeast
Asia (the industrial side is done)
- 'Independent'?: How Not to Define Non-mainstream Filmmaking in Southeast Asia.
Apart from the film movement, Anchalee still continues helping developmental works. She used to work as an editor for Thai Development Support Committee, and an information officer for Help Age International, a guest speaker
on rural development communication, and a translator