Category: Film

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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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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Man-Eaters of Sri Lanka

Our latest wildlife documentary project “Man-Eaters – A Human Leopard Story” attempts to address the human-leopard conflict in Sri Lanka. Apart from a few local documentaries, there hasn’t been a significant film made to shed light on this issue. Compared to India where there are over 150 cases of leopard attacks per year, Sri Lanka…
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Filming the Blue Magpie

Place: Sinharaja rainforest reserve, Sri Lanka – a biodiversity hotspot and Unesco World Heritage site. In an attempt to film many species as possible for my documentary, me and the team (Saman Hewage and Dhanusha Bandara) came to the rainforest hoping to film some exotic birds; one bird we had in mind was the colorful,…
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Filming Leopards

In late 2017, after finishing work on my documentary “Voice of the Night – The Devil Bird of Sri Lanka”, I discussed with my father (Dr. Mahendra Perera) and team (Dhanusha Bandara and Saman Hewage) the possibility of making a broadcast-length wildlife documentary. Shortly afterward, we began production by filming leopards. We chose Wilpattu National…
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Filming the ‘Devil Bird’

Back in 2014, I came up with the idea of doing a documentary about owls in Sri Lanka. With my trusty team (including cameramen Dhanusha Bandara and Saman Hewage) we spent nearly a year jetting around the country filming owls. Most of them were hard to film – owls are nocturnal, and it takes a…
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