From Censorship to Rating System: Negotiations of Power in the Thai Film Industry


This is a conceptual paper to analyze the transformation of Thai film censorship in Thailand. The study reviews literature on the history of Thai film industry and film censorship in Thailand. A brief discussion on film censorship is reviewed in the earlier part of this paper. Censorship has been perceived as an obstacle to Thai Film industry. The censorship law in Thailand was changed extensively from Film Act in 1930 to Film and Video Act in 2008. The significant change was the audiences’ age restriction. In 2008, it was the first time to introduce rating system to every films distributed in Thailand. However, few films were still prohibited from Thai audiences. The paper examined case studies of contemporary banned films in historical, political, and cultural aspects. A conceptual framework is proposed to examine each film’s taboo contents and theirs controversial issues. Conclusions are drawn that censorship is no longer a tool of absolute power but a way to compromise in order to achieve forms of consensus.

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Jutatip Thitisawat, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

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Conference: MediAsia2015
Stream: Film Criticism and Theory

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