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Queer East – Beautiful Boxer + It’s All Because of a Katoey

Presented by Queer East & Fabrica &

Beautiful Boxer / 2003 / 1hr&58mins / Subtitled / Rated 15

Based on the true story of Thailand’s famed transgender kickboxer Parinya Charoenphol, affectionately known as Nong Toom, Beautiful Boxer is a poignant action drama.

Believing since childhood that she is a girl trapped in a boy’s body, Nong Toom sets out to master the hyper-masculine combat sport Muay Thai, to earn a living and to pay for her gender reassignment surgery. Uekrongtham’s touching, funny debut feature retraces the boxer’s steps from childhood days, to teenage life as a travelling monk, to the grueling days spent in training camps, to widespread fame as a martial arts champion.

Through intricately choreographed kickboxing sequences and a breathtaking performance from real-life fighter Asanee Suwan, Beautiful Boxer brilliantly confounds traditional perceptions of masculinity and femininity.

The feature is preceded by short film:

It’s All Because of a Katoey / 1954 / 12 mins

A beautiful woman arrives at a gentlemen’s club, and the men start vying for her attention – but there’s a surprise in store. Made around 1954, this surprisingly progressive silent comedy is the oldest existing Thai film to feature a ‘katoey’, a pre-LGBTQ term referring to a transwoman or an effeminate gay man.


Queer East Film Festival

Queer East is an LGBTQ+ film festival that showcases rarely seen queer cinema from East and Southeast Asia. Seeking to amplify the voices of Asian communities in the UK, the festival explores the forces that have shaped the current queer landscape in Asia.

Fabrica is hosting Queer East Film Festival events at on Wednesday 19, Thursday 20 and Saturday 22 October.

Doors & bar will open at 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start. Pay bar and affordable popcorn stand on site.

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20th - 20th Oct


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Ekachai Uekrongtham / The Ledger Group

Production Year

2003 / 1954




118 / 12

Subtitle Info