'A Prayer Before Dawn' pulls no punches in its portrayal of boxing in Thailand’s prisons

It’s probably no great surprise that a film about boxing, set in Thailand’s notoriously harsh prison system should come with its fair share of violence, and A Prayer Before Dawn is no exception. Jean Stephane Sauvaire’s film, based on the true-life memoirs of Liverpool-born Billy Moore, an amateur boxer, a career criminal and drug addict who was sentenced to three years in Thailand’s notorious Klong Prem prison, aka “Bangkok Hilton”, in 2007 for handling stolen goods, certainly lives up to expectations. Sauvaire, however, insists that violent is not the word he would use to describe his film.