Dubbed the “Bangkok Hilton” by the West, Thailand’s Bangkwang jail is one of the most notorious prisons in the world.
Until now, the reality of life in Bangkwang has remained a secret. But after two years of negotiations between the BBC and Thai officials – and for the first time ever – television cameras were allowed inside.The film tells the human stories of prisoners struggling to stay sane in the jail’s cramped conditions, and the Thai staff struggling to cope with the ever-increasing number of inmates.
The Real Bangkok Hilton brought in incredible audiences for the BBC, with an average of some 5 million people tuning in to the program for the premier, double the usual audience figures for the series.
Prod Co: Infocus Asia (IFA)
Director: Frank Smith
Camera: Darren Conway, Dean Johnson, Frank Smith, Wade Muller, Chris Jones
Film Editor: Joseph Morris
Editor Assit: Jeab Chompoonuch
Edit House: Finito Films
Narrator: Ian Curtis
Online: Janet Spiller