Ditch the Digital, Embrace the Nostalgia at These Vintage Media Events

Image courtesy Cassette Lovers / Facebook

By Lisnaree Vichitsorasatra
Staff Reporter

BANGKOK — From Star Wars to Mae Bia, more pop culture is being repackaged and resold to audiences than ever.

Instead of paying for recycled goods, follow the whiff of nostalgia back to the source this month to a more original time when things were crafted with care at several creative events geared to the classic and handmade.

Bring all your old cassette tapes and videos to play or donate at Saturday to Thong Lor Art Space for Cassette Tapes Night Party, which will be an analog jam of people’s old tapes and videos. It starts at 4pm and entry is 99 baht.

Fans of print media can revisit pre-internet ‘90s zine culture earlier on Saturday at Make Your Own Zine to be held at the Jam Factory. Participants will learn how to create their own handmade zines, as well as swap and share them starting at 10am.

“We want to organize an event that will make people understand 'zines,' we want everyone to feel

the charm of paper, the freedom of storytelling, and the fun of making your own book,” the organizer wrote.

Cassettes. DIY magazines. Now, movies: When it comes to Western classics, The Friese-Greene Club on Soi Sukhumvit 22 is the place this weekend.  Owner Paul Spurrier is known as the first Westerner to direct a Thai-language film (“P” in 2005) and recently wrapped up another film, “The Forest,” shot in the northeast.

It’s showing some vintage flicks: Go full Christmas mode Sunday with the original 1947 version of “Miracle on 34th Street” and catch Cary Grant and David Niven in “The Bishop's Wife” (1947). (“It’s a Wonderful Life” shows Christmas Day.)

“When people think of old films, they often think of faded, scratched, dusty pictures. But, when audiences originally saw films, projected from new film prints, they were often every bit as sharp, colorful and beautiful as any film shot today…” Spurrier said. 

Entry is free, but seats in the mini-theater are few.