Director Baz Poonpiriya on filmmaking and being true to oneself

Director Baz Poonpiriya on filmmaking and being true to oneself

Bangkok’s cultural scene by no means fails to impress us with its new abilities and thought-provoking arts. The town has turn out to be a sizzling haven for dynamic up-and-coming artists, welcoming progressive concepts and skills with open arms. Devoted to all these creatives on the town, this series explores the journey and the edgy personalities of a few of the most notable rising stars within the nation.

As a part of the Good Life Awards, we now have recognised Baz Poonpiriya as 2021’s Good Life Guru. Click on right here to view our different Good Life Awards honorees who embody Life-style Asia’s good life ethos.

You possibly can inform {that a} director is nice at what he’s doing when everyone goes ‘oh sure, I do know that movie’ on the point out of their identify, or when stated movie is so common that it will get became a sequence. Of all the numerous Thai administrators at present, it will not be an exaggeration to say that Nattawut “Baz” Poonpiriya, the director of Dangerous Genius (2017), is among the many hottest rising stars in Thailand. 

(Picture: GDH)

The older brother of June Patcha Hengsadeekul (née Patcha Poonpiriya or “Junejune”) directed his first characteristic, Countdown, in 2021. He shortly rose to turn out to be of Thailand’s most well-known administrators with Dangerous Genius in 2017. His most up-to-date characteristic movie, One for the Highway, was produced by world-famous director Wong Kar Wai and premiered earlier this 12 months on the 2021 Sundance Movie Pageant. At present, Baz can be engaged on one other mission: a Thai cave rescue sequence with Netflix primarily based on a real story from the 13 “Wild Boars” soccer workforce rescue case. 

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(Picture: GDH)

Exuding an air of nonchalance that comes with (maybe) his innate character and expertise, Baz actually is aware of what’s cool. Except for directing movies and producing works together with his manufacturing home—Houseton—Baz has co-founded ‘Mutual Bar’ together with his sister Junejune, and he’s additionally the proprietor of FICS, a café and poster retailer with drinks named after iconic films. On high of all that, he’s additionally a doting proprietor/father of Dogdoi the pug and Jianghai, a senior rescue canine.

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(Picture: “One for the Highway” official Fb web page)

Squeezing in an interview session between his busy filming schedule, we snapped Baz up for a fast chat to be taught extra in regards to the man behind the slate. 

Describe your self in three phrases.

That’s fairly a troublesome query since I don’t know whether or not the outline can be thought of a truth or only a biased opinion of myself. 

In that case, we are able to skip that one. Are you able to inform us about your present mission(s)?

I’m filming a sequence with Netflix, and the remaining are script developments for my future tasks.

What do you want about directing and filmmaking? And the way did you get into it?

Once I was youthful, I’d usually keep at my cousin’s place—which occurs to be a video rental store. And so I might watch so many films that it turned a pastime, which I stored till I used to be effectively into my teenagers and became a ardour. That was after I realised I wished to turn out to be a director. 

If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?

I’d most likely be a bartender or a bar proprietor. 

One may say that’s already true, as you additionally personal a bar (Mutual Bar)?

That’s my secondary ardour. If I wasn’t making any movies in any respect, I feel I might most likely be investing myself in working the bar enterprise and learning to turn out to be an expert bartender.  

Identify the final TV present you binge-watched. 

Oh, I simply completed the primary season final night time—The Boys—on Amazon Prime Video.  

What’s a personality you wish to play from a film? 

Hmm, there are such a lot of. Oh, there’s a sequence known as Succession on HBO Go. I’d wish to play Kendall Roy in that sequence. Having all that mind and cash, it should be enjoyable. (laughs) 

In case you may solely select one track to play each time you walked right into a room for the remainder of your life, what wouldn’t it be? 

This one: Within the Temper for Love’s soundtrack, ‘Yumeji’s Theme’. Each time I take heed to the track, I really feel that life is (a pause) good. There’s complexity, rawness and depth, however on the identical time, there’s a sure magnificence and tenderness to it. 

Sadly, the constructing they used to movie ‘Within the Temper for Love’ on Charoen Krung is about to be demolished—the dates are unknown but, but it surely’s been closed off already.

I ought to inform Wong (Kar Wai) about that. 

Observe: Wong Kar Wai, the director of ‘Within the Temper for Love’, was the producer for Baz’s movie, ‘One for the Highway’.

What’s an Instagram account you’re presently obsessive about? 

I’m largely following pugs accounts on Instagram just lately. I don’t keep in mind the precise handles, however I comply with nearly all those that pop up on my feed.

What are you presently studying? 

There’s a e-book that I’m wanting ahead to studying. I purchased a replica already—going to complete off all my work and skim it on the finish of the 12 months. It’s a e-book known as ‘Billion Greenback Whale: The Man Who Fooled Wall Avenue, Hollywood, and the World’. I’ve been within the matter for a very long time. It’s a couple of Malaysian businessman who fooled the complete world. He laundered that cash by utilizing it to make The Wolf of Wall Avenue

In case you had been to jot down an autobiography or a movie about your life, what would the title be? 

(Laughs) I received’t make one. It’ll be a waste of the viewers’s time as there’d be nothing attention-grabbing in it.

What’s your catchphrase or life motto?

If somebody asks me about my life or my life motto, I’d actually inform them that I don’t know, however that if there’s something they need to do, give it a go. Don’t count on it to prove successful, and don’t be frightened of disappointment. 

Identify 3 important objects you wish to all the time carry in your bag, particularly when filming on set.

Thai natural inhaler. Sun shades. And low—I drink espresso loads on set. I received’t go on set earlier than having espresso as a result of I wouldn’t really feel prepared for the day.  

Is it all the time a protracted day on set for you?

Sure, normally. Within the trade, we usually begin filming early within the morning, lasting for not less than 12 hours a day after we begin.

A must-watch movie that you simply’d wish to advocate.

There’s an American movie from some time again known as What’s Consuming Gilbert Grape from 1993. It’s not very well-known, although it has Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio starring in it. You possibly can strive looking it up; it’s a household movie. I feel individuals will know tips on how to worth the vital issues of their life after watching this movie. 

Your favorite spot in Bangkok? And the perfect factor about this metropolis?

I feel Bangkok is a bit like MSG. (laughs) As in, there are lots of issues in regards to the metropolis that’s not good for our physique, but it surely’s yummy. The life-style and the vibe of town are like meals that you realize is dangerous for you, but it surely’s so rattling scrumptious. 

As for my favorite spot in Bangkok, I haven’t had time to hang around just lately as I’ve always been working. I’d say FICS and Mutual Bar—nice spots. (FICS café and Mutual Bar are two of Baz’s ventures past the world of filmmaking)

Lastly, a phrase of recommendation for aspiring artists such as you:

 Similar as my life motto. Do one thing that’s significant, one thing that you simply consider in. Don’t count on that you’d turn out to be profitable from doing it, don’t be scared that you’d fail whereas doing so, and be as honest and true to your self as a lot as you’ll be able to.

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