Billy Moore, the author of A Prayer Before Dawn, discusses serving time in the Bangkok Hilton where he witnessed rapes, murder and extreme violence. A Prayer Before Dawn: A Nightmare in Thailand is available in all good book shops and to download. For more information visit maverickhouse.com
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
Bang Kwang Prison is one of the most notorious penal institutions in the world.
Located seven miles north of Bangkok city in the Nonthaburi Province, the prison is home to over 8,000 inmates, among them ruthless killers, rapists, drug traffickers, conmen and thieves.
The Bangkok Hilton is understaffed, overcrowded, and filled with inmates who struggle with insanity as they spend the first months of their sentences chained in leg irons. Prisoners outnumber guards by 50 to 1.
Until now, the reality of life inside Bang Kwang has remained a secret.
Chavoret Jaruboon's book is the most insightful, candid and thought-provoking book ever written about Thailand's most notorious institution. If you want to understand Bang Kwang, its guards, prisoners and its unwritten rules, you must read this book.