Actress Penpak "Tai" Sirikul didn't hesitate a second when Chookiat "Madiew" Sakveerakul phoned to offer a key role in his film "Home".
It meant Tai could go home.
She plays Bua Jan, a Chiang Mai native, just like her, and she gets to speak the northern dialect. Chukiat knew the character was a perfect match for Tai. He’s also from Chiang Mai.
“We communicated really well on the set,” says Tai, but Madiew gave her some phrases to say she’d never heard before. “Maybe I’ve been away from home too long!”
The role certainly wasn’t a piece of cake, she says. “Every move Bua Jan makes means something.” Tai was grateful that Madiew gave her a hint: Her character, a grieving widow, was partially inspired by the loss of his father. “So, knowing it was that personal, I always asked him whether I’d done enough in each scene.”
One thing is certain about “Home”, Tai says. It will inspire every viewer to think about what home really means.
Let’s hear it!
Soopsip got it right in Monday’s column about the imminent big announcement from True Corp about “The Voice Thailand”. What we didn’t get right was the origin of the TV talent show.
True acquired the licence not from an American source but from Talpa Content BV of the Netherlands. Got our “NBCs” mixed up. Sorry about that!
Anyway, the singing coaches will indeed be Jennifer Kim, Joey Boy, Apiwat “Stamp” Eauthavornsuk and Saharat “Gong” Sangkapreecha. And the show debuts on Channel 3 in September, right after “Thailand’s Got Talent” ends its first season.
Facebook can’t wait. The show’s page had 1,500 “likes” on the first day and another 1,000 people are “following” on Twitter.
Auditions have begun but you can post your tape online until June 10 at www.TheVoice.Thailand.com. Live auditions take place in Phuket on May 19 and 20, Chiang Mai on May 26 and 27, Khon Kaen on June 2 and 3 and House on RCA in Bangkok on June 9 and 10.