One man’s fall is one industry’s transformation

It’s funny what you can learn while hanging out in a hospital waiting room.  I spied an intriguing story in Thailand Tatler magazine (March 2009, p.113) looking at the history of Thai cinema.  This passage, in particular, caught my eye:

“In 1970, after falling to his death while shooting a stunt for the final scene of the action film Insee Thong (The Gold Eagle) [prominent actor] Mitr [Chaibancha] left 40 unfinished films… producers junked Mitr’s unfinished 16-mm productions and began to use 35-mm stock”

How astounding that a single man’s demise can act as the gale of creative destruction for nation’s film industry.

Lessen for firms: change can come from anywhere, and often when you least expect it… oh, and hire stunt doubles


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