Environmentally destructive movie making

Please boycott ‘The Beach’

By viewing this film you are making a decision to ignore the environmental damage that this production has caused.

ENVIRONMENTAL DESTRUCTION
Filmed on Phi Phi Lei island in Thailand the filmmakers choose to ‘alter’ the beach on Maya Bay, by levelling sand dunes, digging up native plants and introducing palm trees. This was against the wishes of the local population, local government and businesses. It was also in a national park, which is meant to be protected from such destruction.

HOLLYWOOD’S PERCEPTION OF PARADISE
All this just to satisfy Hollywoods utopian vision of what a Thai beach should look like. Having rejected a number of exotic locations, Century Fox focussed in on Phi Phi Leh Island, a treasured National Park in Thailand, and one of the most beautiful, unspoiled islands in the Pacific. But their choice of May Bay on Phi Phi Leh didn’t quite fit Hollywood’s perception of paradise.

TAKEN TO COURT
The Ao Nang Tambon Administration Organisation, which supervises the island, and local people took the Thai government and Fox to court on November 9 1999, but the trial could go on for years. Meanwhile the filmmakers stand to profit from their act of environmental
destruction. Don’t let them – boycott ‘The Beach’.

IRONY
20th Century Fox went into production on “The Beach” early 1999. It is adapted from a best-selling book of the same name by Alex Garland. Ironically enough, it is the story of a group of hedonistic backpackers who discover a wild tropical beach and jealously guard its
natural beauty against invasion by other tourists.

FOR MORE INFORMATION
See http://thaistudents.com/thebeach/ or contact: No Beach, PO Box 1TA, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE1 1TA

ACTIONS:
– Boycott ‘The Beach’.
– Forward this information to as many people as possible.
– Please write to Andrew MacDonald, Producer, c/o Carol Sewell, 10201 W.Pico Blvd. Building 89, Room 224, Los Angeles, CA 90035, and let him know what you think !
– Write to the local cinemas urging them not to show the film.

DON’T LET THEM PROFIT FROM THEIR DESTRUCTION!