Soi cowboy

by Thomas Clay

Thailand/United Kingdom, 2008, 117', black&white/colour



In Bangkok, a corpulent European man and a young, pregnant Thai woman live together in near silence. His large body stands out in marked contrast to her tiny frame. He gives her presents - she has a growing collection of stuffed animals - and takes viagra pills. She is looking for security and he is the best way to stay out of Soi Cowboy, the red-light district where they met. She likes him but sleeping with him is a duty. Meanwhile, in the countryside, a teenage mafia enforcer is employed to deliver his older brother’s head….

Reviews

"Clay’s technique has been enriched with compassion and imagination, gentless and humour. (...) SOI COWBOY is made with fluency and style, and Clay has brought off an impressive, athletic leap of the imagination."
Peter Bradshaw, THE GUARDIAN

"A very un-British director, Clay is doffing his hat here to auteurs such as Carlos Reygadas and Thailand’s Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Perhaps the least British UK film you’ve ever seen, SOI COWBOY confirms -- as his first film didn’t quite -- that Clay is a man to watch."
Jonathan Romney, THE INDEPENDENT

"SOI COWBOY demonstrates a growing maturity"
Leslie Felperin, VARIETY

"Un décrochage digne de David Lynch (INLAND EMPIRE) et du jeune maître thailandaïs Apitchapong Weerasethakul (TROPICAL MALADY) (...) un sacré cinéaste, avec lequel il va falloir compter."
Norbert Creutz, LE TEMPS

"a significant British discovery "
Jonathan Romney, THE INDEPENDENT

"SOI COWBOY apparaît progressivement comme une belle boîte à surprises dont chaque ouverture amène une nouveauté inattendue. (...) SOI COWBOY, film vaste, inquiètant, lynchien en diable, diaboliquement mis en scène avec un sens du détail vertigineux."
Vincent Martini, EXCESSIF

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Thomas Clay

 

Born in Brighton, England, 1979, Thomas Clay studied 16mm film production as a teenager at the CFU, London. At the age of 19, he made his first medium-length film, MOTION, together with producer and co-writer Joseph Lang. This was followed by his feature debut, THE GREAT ECSTASY OF ROBERT CARMICHAEL, which made a deep impression at Critics’ Week in the 2005 Cannes Film Festival.  His second Feature Film SOI COWBOY was set in Thailand where Clay resides.

 

 

 

FILMOGRAPHY

 
2008 SOI COWBOY, Fiction, 117 min.
2005 THE GREAT ECSTASY OF ROBERT CARMICHAEL, Fiction, 96 min.
2001 MOTION, Fiction, 65 min.

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Cast

Nicolas Bro - Tobias Christansen
Pimwalee Thampanyasan - Koi
Petch Mekoh - Cha
 

Crew / Technical Info

Crew

Director: Thomas Clay
Script: Thomas Clay
Producers: Joseph Lang, Tom Waller
Production Companies: Pull Back Camera, De Warrenne Pictures
Director of Photography: Sayombhu Mukdeeprom
Sound design: Thomas Clay
Production Design: Nick Kemp
 

 

Technical Information

Category: Feature Film / Fiction
Original Language: English / Thai
Fomat: 16mm (blown up to 35mm) / colour
Screen Ratio: 1:1.85
Speed: 24 frames/second
Sound: Dolby Stereo

 

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Festivals

 

PREMIERE

Cannes 2008, Un Certain Regard

MAIN AWARDS

Melbourne 2008, Best Director & Best Actress

MAIN SELECTIONS

Sarajevo 2008, Competition
Vienna 2008, Competition
Stockholm 2008, Competition
Copenhagen CPH:PIX 2009, European Voices Section

Year: 
2008
Duration: 
117'

Thomas Clay

 Born in Brighton, England, 1979, Thomas Clay studied 16mm film production as a teenager at the CFU, London. At the age of 19, he made his first medium-length film, MOTION, together with producer and co-writer Joseph Lang. This was followed by his feature debut, THE GREAT ECSTASY OF ROBERT CARMICHAEL, which made a deep impression at Critics’ Week in the 2005 Cannes Film Festival.  His second Feature Film SOI COWBOY was set in Thailand where Clay resides.  

Poster: 
Country: 
Thailand Thailand
United Kingdom United Kingdom



In Bangkok, a corpulent European man and a young, pregnant Thai woman live together in near silence. His large body stands out in marked contrast to her tiny frame. He gives her presents - she has a growing collection of stuffed animals - and takes viagra pills. She is looking for security and he is the best way to stay out of Soi Cowboy, the red-light district where they met. She likes him but sleeping with him is a duty. Meanwhile, in the countryside, a teenage mafia enforcer is employed to deliver his older brother’s head….

Reviews: 

"Clay’s technique has been enriched with compassion and imagination, gentless and humour. (...) SOI COWBOY is made with fluency and style, and Clay has brought off an impressive, athletic leap of the imagination."Peter Bradshaw, THE GUARDIAN"A very un-British director, Clay is doffing his hat here to auteurs such as Carlos Reygadas and Thailand’s Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Perhaps the least British UK film you’ve ever seen, SOI COWBOY confirms -- as his first film didn’t quite -- that Clay is a man to watch."Jonathan Romney, THE INDEPENDENT"SOI COWBOY demonstrates a growing maturity"Leslie Felperin, VARIETY

"Un décrochage digne de David Lynch (INLAND EMPIRE) et du jeune maître thailandaïs Apitchapong Weerasethakul (TROPICAL MALADY) (...) un sacré cinéaste, avec lequel il va falloir compter."Norbert Creutz, LE TEMPS"a significant British discovery "Jonathan Romney, THE INDEPENDENT"SOI COWBOY apparaît progressivement comme une belle boîte à surprises dont chaque ouverture amène une nouveauté inattendue. (...) SOI COWBOY, film vaste, inquiètant, lynchien en diable, diaboliquement mis en scène avec un sens du détail vertigineux."Vincent Martini, EXCESSIF

Trailer / Extracts: 
Synopsis: 



In Bangkok, a corpulent European man and a young, pregnant Thai woman live together in near silence. His large body stands out in marked contrast to her tiny frame. He gives her presents - she has a growing collection of stuffed animals - and takes viagra pills. She is looking for security and he is the best way to stay out of Soi Cowboy, the red-light district where they met. She likes him but sleeping with him is a duty. Meanwhile, in the countryside, a teenage mafia enforcer is employed to deliver his older brother’s head…

Cast details: 

Nicolas Bro - Tobias Christansen
Pimwalee Thampanyasan - Koi
Petch Mekoh - Cha
 

Crew / Technical Info: 

Crew

Director: Thomas Clay
Script: Thomas Clay
Producers: Joseph Lang, Tom Waller
Production Companies: Pull Back Camera, De Warrenne Pictures
Director of Photography: Sayombhu Mukdeeprom
Sound design: Thomas Clay
Production Design: Nick Kemp
 

 Technical InformationCategory: Feature Film / FictionOriginal Language: English / ThaiFomat: 16mm (blown up to 35mm) / colourScreen Ratio: 1:1.85Speed: 24 frames/secondSound: Dolby Stereo 

Festivals: 

 

PREMIERE

Cannes 2008, Un Certain Regard

MAIN AWARDS

Melbourne 2008, Best Director & Best Actress

MAIN SELECTIONS

Sarajevo 2008, Competition
Vienna 2008, Competition
Stockholm 2008, Competition
Copenhagen CPH:PIX 2009, European Voices Section

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