In 1897, the first film was screened in Thailand. It was a play called “Parisian Cinematograph”, and the attendees were largely aristocrats and businessmen who could afford the high ticket prices. By 1906, most of the general public was able to afford a movie ticket ( Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Kingdom of Thailand).
The first Thai filmmaker was King Rama V’s younger brother, His Royal Highness Praongchao Thongthem Tawanyawong Kromaluang Sanpasatsuphakit, These early films followed King Rama V’s Royal Ceremonies and undertakings in the Royal Court. The prince began recording in 1900, and finished in 1910 at the end of King Rama V’s reign ( Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Kingdom of Thailand).
If you would like to learn more about Thailand’s fascinating film history, culture, politics and more, you may want to read the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Kingdom of Thailand’s website (listed below)