Tsunami: The Aftermath
|Tsunami: The Aftermath|
Tsunami: The Aftermath poster
|Written by||Abi Morgan|
|Directed by||Bharat Nalluri|
|Theme music composer||Alex Heffes|
|Country of origin||United States
|Cinematography||John de Borman|
|Original release||28 November – December 5, 2006|
Tsunami: The Aftermath is a television mini-series that was broadcast in two parts in 2006. It dramatizes the events following the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and the resulting tsunami in Indonesia and its neighbouring countries, including Thailand. Tsunami: The Aftermath is a joint production of HBO and the BBC and stars Tim Roth, Toni Collette, Sophie Okonedo, Samrit Machielsen, and Chiwetel Ejiofor. It was filmed in Phuket and Khao Lak, Thailand from April to June 2006. Phuket and Khao Lak were two of the worst hit areas in the country in the December 26, 2004 disaster.
Interweaving stories examine the personal tragedies of several characters. Ian and Susie Carter are a young English couple searching for their six-year-old daughter Martha who was swept away by the tsunami. At the same time, Englishwoman Kim Peabody and her son Adam are looking for James (Kim's husband and Adam's father) and John (Kim's son and Adam's older brother). Meanwhile Than, a Thai waiter has to cope with the loss of his family and village.
Apart from these survivors, there are several officials trying to cope with the situation. There is Tony Whittaker, an overwhelmed British consular official whose faith in the powers of bureaucracy is severely tested. Kathy Graham, an Australian aid worker for a Christian charity, tries to convince Whittaker to show a healthy contempt for the rules and try to help the people as best as he can. And, there is Nick Fraser, a journalist who is investigating the lack of prior warning and corruption following the disaster.
- Chiwetel Ejiofor as Ian Carter
- Sophie Okonedo as Susie Carter
- Jazmyn Maraso as Martha Carter
- Savannah Loney as Eve, Martha's lookalike
- Jacek Koman as Peer, the Dutch doctor
- Hugh Bonneville as Tony Whittaker
- Toni Collette as Kathy Graham
- Leon Ford as Joe Meddler, Whittaker's assistant
- Samrit Machielsen as Than
- Poh Sursakul as Than's Grandmother
- Grirggiat Punpiputt as Dr. Pravat Meeko
- Glacian Jarusomboon as Dr. Boomers Potuk
- Gina McKee as Kim Peabody
- George MacKay as Adam Peabody
- Morgan David Jones as John David Peabody
- Owen Teale as James Robert Peabody
- Primetime Emmy Awards:
- Golden Globe Awards:
- Monte-Carlo Television Festival Awards:
- Image Awards:
- Best Miniseries, TV Film, or Dramatic Special
- Best Actor in a Miniseries, TV Film, or Dramatic Special (Chiwetel Ejiofor)
- Best Actress in a Miniseries, TV Film, or Dramatic Special (Sophie Okonedo) (won)
- BAFTA Awards:
- Best Sound Fiction/Entertainment (won)
- Best Original Television Music (Alex Heffes)
- Best Photography & Lighting Fiction/Entertainment (John de Borman)
- Humanitas Prize:
- 90 Minute Category (Abi Morgan)
The filming used actual locations in Thailand that were devastated by the tsunami. Some victims and grief counselors protested the film, saying that it was too soon after the disaster and that the scenes depicting the tragedy could prove too traumatic. Others welcomed the production, saying it brought jobs and could actually help the healing process and raise awareness of the impact of the tsunami.
There was also concern over the lack of focus on the Asian victims of the flood.
- Casey, Michael (July 3, 2006) "TV disaster drama stirs wave of emotion", Associated Press, via the Hong Kong Standard.
- Bianco, Robert (December 7, 2006) "HBO's 'Tsunami' is itself a disaster, and just wrong", USA Today.