Month: April 2020

Tales from an Ancient Land

Top 10 Sri Lankan Films (1947-1997)

Technically, the first film produced in Sri Lanka dates back to 1925, which was a silent film called “Rajakeeya Wickremeya” (Royal Adventure). But, unfortunately, the film reels got burnt before it was shown in Sri Lanka. Now the film is lost forever. After several silent films, in 1947 the first sound film was produced in…
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5 Missing & Unfinished Sri Lankan Films

Sri Lankan cinema has seen its notable classics, but what about films that never saw the light of day? Brilliant ideas that were conceived by the best in the business – for instance, by the late Gamini Fonseka – remained and died on the page. Then there were some films people saw back in the…
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Gamini Fonseka’s ‘Rampage’ – A Lost Film?

In 1978, the late larger-than-life Manik Sandrasagra directed an ambitious film called “Rampage” starring late acting legend Gamini Fonseka. “Rampage” was the first English language film to be financed entirely by Sri Lankans. It was also the first English production to be recognized locally with Gamini Fonseka and Sandrasagra being awarded Bronze Lions, and also certificates…
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Komari Man-Eater of Sri Lanka

Abridged from Douglas Ranasinghe’s book “The Man-Eating Leopard of Punanai“ Apart from Sri Lanka’s most notorious man-eating leopard of Punanai (that operated in the early 1920s), there was also a much lesser-known man-eater in Sri Lanka. This leopard’s short reign of terror transpired during 1936 in a little village called ‘Komari’. Situated in the east…
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Man-Eating Leopard of Punanai: Full Story

Back in the 1920s, a bold leopard routinely attacked and killed around 20 people in a small village called Punanai on the east coast of Sri Lanka. Till 1924, the leopard wreaked havoc in the village, striking fear into the hearts of people. It wasn’t until Captain Shelton Agar – a planter and hunter from…
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Who Deserves Credit?

It’s funny how everyone blames the director when a film goes wrong. But if the film is successful, everyone chips in to take credit. As the saying goes, “Success has many fathers, and failure is an orphan”. Sri Lanka’s eminent female filmmaker Ms. Sumitra Peries said that if a film crew was responsible for a…
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Best Wildlife Documentaries about Sri Lanka

Compared to other countries, say Africa, Sri Lanka’s wildlife has seldom made it to the screen. There have been a few notable productions in recent years, including the Nat Geo Wild 3-part series “Wild Sri Lanka” which bought Sri Lanka’s wildlife back into the spotlight after the Civil War ended in the country. But most…
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