WWith news of war, inflation and a lack of energy making headlines in recent months, it’s no wonder the astonishing real-life story of hope and survival of 12 young footballers and their coach – who were rescued after being stuck in a cave in northern Thailand for more than two weeks – It keeps getting airtime.
On September 22, Netflix will release a six-episode mini-series covering the story of the Thai youth soccer team and their 25-year-old coach who got trapped in the Tham Luang Nang Non cave system in mid-2018 due to torrential rain. It is at least the fourth major account of the dramatic rescue that has captured the world’s attention. But those behind the series promise that it offers a different perspective and maximum authenticity. Thai cave rescue Includes exclusive insights from extensive interviews with real-life Wild Boars and their parents – and some scenes were filmed in the boys’ real homes. “The boys are the heart and soul of our series,” show host Dana LeDoux Miller, who created and wrote the show with Michael Russell Gunn, told supportessays com magazine.
The new Netflix series is one of the many adaptations of the rescue story for the big and small screen. In 2019, Thai production directed by Tom Waller the cave I used a mixture of reconstructions and news footage to tell the story. This portrayal of European diver Jim Warney, who played a key role in the team’s rescue, gives a leading role in the story, and plays his part.
National Geographic Documentary 2021 Rescue Next, it includes footage filmed by Thai naval teams during the mission to rescue the boys. Lively real-life drama directed by Ron Howard thirteen lives, which premiered this summer, was filmed in Queensland, Australia. It stars Colin Farrell and Viggo Mortensen as British cave divers who carry out the perilous operation.
Focusing on the boys at the center of the story
According to the creators behind Thai cave rescueIt is their decision to put the boys at the center of the miniseries that characterizes the retelling of these events. “Having that kind of access and being able to ask questions on the ground with the people who were actually inside the cave stuck, like the boys, was invaluable,” director Kevin Tancharoen told supportessays com magazine. “I just think that this point of view is something that is sometimes missed in other projects because it focuses mainly on the mechanics and how difficult the task at hand is on a technical level.”
Miller says she and Gunn were apprehensive about working with the boys to tell their stories. “The last thing we wanted to do was re-traumatize the kids who had been through something so incredible and so fraught,” she says. “I think the surprise was that they came in and they were very open and enthusiastic and they shared a lot with us.”
She adds that their sense of humor sparkles. “They were telling stories about the pranks they played with each other and the ways they supported each other through it.”
Read more: A Thai soccer team describes how they survived by drinking water from stalactites while they were trapped in a cave.
Actors acting for a true retelling
When it came to finding actors to play the boys, the short series cast local people from northern Thailand—most of whom had no prior acting experience—who worked with an acting coach to get them ready for the screen. The show makers say the presence of local people, who speak regional dialects and know the area, was important to the project’s authenticity. But they got a little more authenticity than they bargained for. Gunn says the first time they went to meet the actors, one of the boys told him he was there the day the Wild Boars decided to enter the cave. “He and his brother were on the team and they were both on the show and they happened to not go to the cave that day. It was awful for us.”
“A lot of them play on Wild Boars now and know the real boys, so they’re playing versions of their friends,” Miller says.
Not only was the series filmed entirely in Thailand, but many scenes were filmed inside the intricate cave system – which stretches several miles alongside a mountain – where the boys and their coach were trapped. All twelve boys and their trainer Ikapul Chanthong, or “Instructor Ek”, were rescued, although retired Thai Navy diver Saman Konam lost his life in the process.
Filming in the real location was no easy task, and the weather didn’t help. “It rained while we were there. I mean, we were shooting the same season they were there,” Gann says. “It swallows sound and light straight from space and so it’s very terrifying.”
But those behind the show hope their efforts will help bring a fresh perspective to the story, and attract audiences in Thailand. “Originality has been our main agenda since day one,” says director “Baz” Natout Bonberia. “We hope that this originality will reach the audience.”
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