Bangkok, Sep 30 (AP/UNB) — Their story gripped the world: determined divers racing against time and water to rescue 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped for more than two weeks in a flooded cave deep inside a northern Thai mountain.
The ordeal in late June and early July 2018 had barely ended when filmmakers began their own race to get the nail-biting drama onto cinema screens. The first of those projects will premiere this weekend, when director Tom Waller's "The Cave" shows at the Busan Film Festival in South Korea.
The film was shot over three months earlier this year and has been in post-production since then. The 45-year-old Thai-born, British-raised filmmaker said the epic tale of the Wild Boars football team was a story he simply had to tell.
The boys and their coach entered the Tham Luang cave complex after soccer practice and were quickly trapped inside by rising floodwater. Despite a massive search, the boys spent nine nights lost in the cave before they were spotted by an expert diver. It would take another eight days before they were all safe.
Waller was visiting his father in Ireland when he saw television news accounts of the drama.
"I thought this would be an amazing story to tell on screen," he said.
But putting the parts together after their dramatic rescue proved to be a challenge. Thailand's government, at the time led by a military junta, became very protective of the story, barring unauthorized access to the Wild Boars or their parents. Waller often feared his production might be shut down.
His good fortune was that the events at the Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai province had multiple angles and interesting characters. Especially compelling were the stories of the rescuers, particularly the expert divers who rallied from around the world. He decided to make a film "about the volunteer spirit of the rescue."
Other people proposed telling the story from the point of view of the boys, and Netflix nailed down those rights in a deal brokered by the Thai government.
"I took the view that this was going to be a story about the people we didn't know about, about the cave divers who came all the way from across the planet," Waller said. "They literally dropped everything to go and help, and I just felt that that was more of an exciting story to tell, to find out how these boys were brought out and what they did to get them out."
Waller even had more than a dozen key rescue personnel play themselves.
Waller said they were natural actors, blending in almost seamlessly with the professionals around them, and helped by the accuracy of the settings and the production's close attention to detail.
"What you are really doing is asking them to remember what they did and to show us what they were doing and what they were feeling like at the time," he said. "That was really very emotional for some of them because it was absolutely real."
Waller said his film is likely to have a visceral effect on some viewers, evoking a measure of claustrophobia.
"It's a sort of immersive experience with the sound of the environment, you know, the fact that is very dark and murky, that the water is not clear," he said.
"In Hollywood films, when they do underwater scenes, everything is crystal clear. But in this film it's murky and I think that's the big difference. This film lends itself to being more of a realistic portrayal of what happened."
Some scenes were filmed on location at the entrance to the actual Tham Luang cave, but most of the action was shot elsewhere, Waller said.
"We filmed in real water caves that were flooded, all year-round," he said. "It is very authentic in terms of real caves, real flooded tunnels, real divers and real creepy-crawlies in there. So it was no mean feat trying to get a crew to go and film in these caves."
"The Cave" goes on general release in Thailand on Nov. 28.
Dhaka, Sept 6 (UNB) - Amazon has cast actor Will Poulter for the lead part in its highly-ambitious Lord of the Rings series.
Poulter, best known for starring in Bandersnatch episode of Black Mirror, The Revenant and Aris Aster’s Midsommar, joins Australian star Markella Kavenagh in the project.
The details of his role are currently being kept under wraps, reported Variety. Amazon is also yet to make an official statement.
Jurrasic World: Fallen Kingdom helmer JA Bayona will be directing the first two episodes of the show. He will also serve as executive producer alongside partner Belen Atienza.
Bryan Cogman, who worked as a writer and co-executive producer on Game of Thrones, recently boarded the project as a series consultant. He is helping out the writing team of Patrick McKay and JD Payne, who were announced as series developers last year.
Amazon has made a multi-season production commitment to the TV series. It will produce the show in cooperation with the Estate of J R R Tolkien, publishing house HarperCollins, and New Line Cinema, a division of Warner Bros.
However, the series will not be a retelling of Peter Jackson’s Oscar-winning trilogy. It will explore story set before the events in the first LOTR novel, The Fellowship of the Ring.
New York, Aug 28 (AP/UNB) - Viola Davis is set to portray Michelle Obama in a Showtime series under development about America’s first ladies, reports The Indian Express.
Davis also is an executive producer on the project, which Showtime said Monday will “peel back the curtain” on the lives of presidential spouses.
The first season will focus on Eleanor Roosevelt, Betty Ford and Obama.
Showtime said it’s committed to three scripts for the proposed series. There is no air date since the series has yet to be ordered.
Former President Barack Obama and his wife launched their own production company in 2018, and have announced deals with Netflix and Spotify.
Dhaka, Aug 27 (UNB) - Kareena Kapoor Khan can bring traffic to a complete halt whenever she is either papped in the city or her various fan clubs share her unseen pictures from her exotic vacay. After vacationing in England for a couple of months, Kareena Kapoor Khan and hubby Saif Ali Khan and tiny tot Taimur Ali Khan are back to the bay. Soon after, Bebo switched on her work mode as she shot for an episode of dance reality show Dance India Dance and she also walked the ramp at the Lakme Fashion Week, reports the PINKVILLA.
During the recent episode of Dance India Dance, when host and TV actor Karan Wahi quizzed Bebo about her first crush and as to who made her go weak in the knees, Kareena took Aashiqui fame actor Rahul Roy’s name, that’s right!. Yes, and not just this, Kareena revealed that back in the day, she had watched the film eight times just for Rahul Roy. Well, just like Kareena, we are sure a lot of girls had a crush on Rahul Roy because he did manage to win hearts with his debut film and the film went on to become a massive hit.
On the work front, Kareena Kapoor Khan recently wrapped up the shooting of Good News opposite Akshay Kumar, and Angrezi Medium opposite Irrfan and soon, she will start shooting for Karan Johar’s Takht co-starring Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, Vicky Kaushal and Janhvi Kapoor.
Dhaka, Aug 26 (UNB) - Nach Baliye 9 has been making headlines ever since it premiered over the unique concept of exes vs current couples. One of the couples who make news every now and then are Madhurima Tuli and Vishal Aditya Singh, not for their dance though, but always for their fights. Recently, Urvashi Dholakia and Anuj Sachdeva got eliminated from the show and with this, Urvashi mentioned that this season has become more of a dramatic show than a celebrity dance show. She also said that she cannot fight with her ex on the show like a teenager. This irked Madhurima who an interview hit back at Urvashi saying, "She is overreacting", reports the PINKVILLA.
"At this point, all I can say is you cannot accept defeat. If we would have lost, I don’t think we would have ever done anything like this and would have respected and supported the decision," Madhurima told Bollywood Life. However, Madhurima's comment did not go down well with Urvashi's sons Kshitij and Sagar.
Reacting sharply to it, Urvashi's son Sagar took to his Twitter account to write, "My mom @urvashi9 is not over reacting ma’am @ItsMadhurima19 u are over acting ! We never speak ill for others as that is what we’ve been taught but we will not keep quiet if u attack our mom for no reason. She never took ur name in the article. @StarPlus @Banijayasia".
On the other hand, Kshitij Dholakia wrote, "Why would u even say these things @ItsMadhurima19 about our mom @Urvashi9? U hv come to our house with #vishaladityasingh so many times,Not once my mother has said anything about u in the article she gave & u are pointing a direct finger at her character. @StarPlus @Banijayasia".
Both Madhurima and Urvashi have worked together in the show Chandrakanta — Ek Mayavi Prem Gaatha.