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Crazy Medicine

Twenty-three years old, with a first class honours degree and forty-eight grand in student loans, Emily Davidson’s sick and tired of being told she’s part of the ‘Snowflake Generation,’ accused of having unrealistic expectations and an over-inflated sense of their own importance.
All Emily wants is a chance and she knows she has to strive to get it. There’s no easy route into political journalism – she has to make a splash.
Emily sees a world of senseless wars, western democracy in crisis, the re-emergence of the far right. The rich get richer, the poor and vulnerable can go to hell, and drugs are the only escape for millions. Yet the media is full of football, celebrities and fake news.
Her generation didn’t create this screwed up world – but they’re going to inherit it. Armed only with a video camera, Emily sets out to shine a light on the chaos – starting at the bottom of the heap - South-East Asia, where poverty and the drugs trade are endemic.
Her journey takes her to Bangkok, where the darkest side of Asia and western capitalism collide in spectacular fashion.
Daeng is the street-wise local who promises to guide her through the underbelly of Thai society and deliver the perfect coup de grace for her film. Dah is also trying to make her way in a world where the odds are stacked against her but in Thailand there are few choices for a local girl who needs money fast. Emily discovers that the drug of choice in Bangkok is a form of amphetamine -YaBa - literally... Crazy Medicine. She sets out to trace it's path from producer to eager consumer. It’s a ride that challenges all of Emily’s preconceptions – and delivers a terrifying lesson. It’s almost impossible to get that close to a big story without becoming a part of it.

  • Richie Moore
    Director - Who's Watching Oliver, Camera/Cinematography includes The Hangover Parts II & III, Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol, Bangkok Dangerous, Gold, Marco Polo,The Fellowship, No Escape.-
  • Matt Carrell
    Novels including Vortex, Blood Brothers... Thai Style and A Matter of Life and Death
  • James Newman
    Novels including Bangkok Express, Fun City Punch and The White Flamingo
  • Libby Jennings
    Key Cast
  • Chris Wegoda
    Key Cast
  • Mayathavee Weiss
    Key Cast
  • Kate Tiger
    Key Cast
  • Jon Sampson
    Key Cast
  • Michael New
    Key Cast
  • John Marengo
    Key Cast
  • Jesse Maddox
    Who’s Watching Oliver, Under the Lights in Thailand, Gutted.
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    Drama, International, Asian
  • Runtime:
    20 minutes 42 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 31, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    15,000 GBP
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  • Bangkok
    June 22, 2017
    Thailand Premiere
  • Top Shorts

    July 2, 2017
    Best Narrative Film, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Editing, Best Original Story.
Director Biography - Richie Moore

Filmmaker, Cinematographer & Camera Operator based in LA California & Bangkok working globally on feature films, documentaries & TV Commercials. Director of the critically acclaimed, award winning feature Who's Watching Oliver.

Richie has worked on The Hangover Parts II & III, Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol, Bangkok Dangerous, Gold, Marco Polo,The Fellowship, No Escape to name just a few.

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Director Statement

A really interesting project - James Newman (producer) and Matt Carrell (writer) have a long track record writing Thai based novels. I saw a great opportunity to bring an independent eye to some really good material. James had scoured Bangkok for the right director with no success - then he and I clicked from day 1. The schedule was really tight - the budget even tighter - so my philosophy was to get the best local actors and avoid working with "non actors." ... We made the right choices and now have a really good film with a ensemble cast that I'm proud of. There's so much more of this story to tell - I hope we get the opportunity to turn it into a feature. We already have the team to make a great full length movie.