Tsunami: The Aftermath

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Tsunami: The Aftermath
Tsunami The Aftermath Poster.jpg
Tsunami: The Aftermath poster
Written byAbi Morgan
Directed byBharat Nalluri
StarringTim Roth
Toni Collette
Hugh Bonneville
Chiwetel Ejiofor
Sophie Okonedo
Samrit Machielsen
Savannah Loney
Theme music composerAlex Heffes
Country of originUnited States
United Kingdom
Original language(s)English
Producer(s)Finola Dwyer
CinematographyJohn de Borman
Editor(s)Barney Pilling
Original release28 November – December 5, 2006 (2006-12-05)

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.


The Journalists

The Carters

The Diplomats

The Thai

  • Samrit Machielsen as Than
  • Poh Sursakul as Than's Grandmother
  • Grirggiat Punpiputt as Dr. Pravat Meeko
  • Glacian Jarusomboon as Dr. Boomers Potuk

The Peabodys


  • Primetime Emmy Awards:
    • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie (Toni Collette)
    • Outstanding Director for a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special (Bharat Nalluri)
    • Outstanding Sound Editing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Special
  • Golden Globe Awards:
    • Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Film (Chiwetel Ejiofor)
    • Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Film (Sophie Okonedo)
    • Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or TV Film (Toni Collette)
  • Monte-Carlo Television Festival Awards:
    • Best Actor in a Miniseries (Chiwetel Ejiofor) (won)
    • Best Actor in a Miniseries (Hugh Bonneville)
    • Best Actor in a Miniseries (Tim Roth)
    • Best Actress in a Miniseries (Toni Collette)
  • 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:


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.[1]

There was also concern over the lack of focus on the Asian victims of the flood.[2]


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