Aditya Assarat, one of Thailand’s most talented young film-makers, is poised to take his place on the world stage. Creating films that transcend language and cultural barriers with their universal themes and sensitive characterisations, Assarat, 32, points out the similarities between his work and that of Mira Nair, his mentor: “ I watched (Nair’s) Salaam Bombay! and I think it shows a love for people. I believe Ms Nair begins every production from the viewpoint of a documentarian. The realistic portrayal of place, time and people are paramount in her films – as they are in mine.”
Armed with a master’s from USC
Assarat began his career in 2000 armed with a Master’s degree in film production from the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles. He has written and directed several short films, most notably Motorcycle (2000) and Waiting (2002) which have garnered numerous prizes at film festivals worldwide. His feature-length documentary Raw Velvet (2002), about the groundbreaking Thai rock band PRU, won an award for the year’s most innovative work in Thailand’s music industry.
Assarat recently completed production of a second feature-length documentary, Three Friends (2004), and is in pre-production on his first feature film, Hi-So, a love story set in modern-day Bangkok. In addition to his work on short films and documentaries, he has also directed many award-winning music videos.
The gifted director looks forward to Mira Nair’s input on Hi-So and to her counsel beyond the mentoring year. “I still have much to learn about the craft of film-making,” he acknowledges. “At this juncture in my career, it will be very beneficial to have an experienced mentor critique my work.”
December 2010 Aditya Assarat's assertion that a filmmaker should never turn down a job has led him into a fruitful career.
April 2008 Aditya Assarat's first feature film, Wonderful Town, opened in Paris this April to critical acclaim.
November 2007 Aditya Assarat is determined to make his first feature film with whatever means he has at his disposal.