The Cave, the much-anticipated movie focusing on the story of the rescue team at the Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai province, premiered Monday night in Bangkok and is opening Thursday on general release. The independent film was produced and directed by Thai-Irish director Tom Waller and has received widespread critic acclaim at festivals thus far. The Monday night premier at SF Cinema at Central World was well attended by the cast and crew of the film, as well as people associated with the rescue and members of the press.
The Cave is the first full length film about the rescue of 12 boys on the Wild Boars soccer team and their coach from the flooded cave system in the summer of 2018. The film was particularly interesting because it was a blend of actors and real-life rescuers playing their respective parts. The movie focuses on the story of the rescue effort rather than on the boys. It highlights some of the lesser known heroes including the local farmers, pump operators and professors. Around 7,000 people from all over the world descended on the cave to help while the rest of the world, gripped by the unbelievable story, watched round the clock media coverage. The Cave is set to open in theatres around Thailand on November 21.