Making of a Classic: Rekava (1956)
In 1956, the late Dr. Lester James Peries directed a film that changed the course of filmmaking in Sri Lanka. Here’s the story of how it was made.
Top 10 Sri Lankan Films
To mark 50 years of Sri Lankan cinema (1947-1997), a government committee made a list of the top 10 films. Here’s the official list of films ranging from ‘Rekava’ in 1956 to ‘Viragaya’ in 1987. In 1956, the late Dr. Lester James Peries directed a Sri Lankan film that changed the course of cinema in the country. Here’s the story of how it was made.
Grey Slender Loris
Referred to as the ‘Unahapuluwa’ (උණහපුලුවා) in Sinhalese, the ‘Grey Slender Loris‘ is one of the smallest primates in Sri Lanka and the most widespread loris species.
Sri Lanka has four species of Wild Cat; this short clip is about the super rare ‘Fishing Cat‘ that is even found in suburban areas of the country.
Rusty Spotted Cat
In Sri Lanka, the smallest cat in the world locally referred to as the ‘Kola Diviya’ (කොළ දිවියා) and is one of the smallest cat species in the world! Sri Lanka has 4 species of wild cats: the Leopard, Fshing Cat, Jungle Cat and Rusty Spotted Cat.
The Sri Lankan elephant is one of 3 subspecies of Asian Elephants and is the largest of the genus. Currently, in Sri Lanka, humans and elephants live together in 44% of the country’s land area, a prime setting for HEC (Human-Elephant Conflict).
Nittaewo of Sri Lanka
The “Nittaewo” were a mysterious tribe that supposedly existed in Sri Lanka years ago. Although no solid proof has been uncovered, their morbid tale of demise were reiterated by the Veddas (an indigenous tribe in Sri Lanka).
Owls of Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka has 11 resident species of owls, including two endemics: the Serendib Scops Owl and the Chestnut-backed Owlet. The rest are common and uncommon resident breeders found in a variety of habitats throughout Sri Lanka
Filming the Devil Bird
Back in August 2014, we set out to film the notorious ‘Forest Eagle Owl’, known as the ‘Devil Bird of Sri Lanka’.
Wilpattu National Park
Wilpattu National Park, also known as the ‘Land of Lakes’ is the largest and oldest national park in Sri Lanka, declared a sanctuary in February 1938. It is about 131693 hectres in extent and is fast becoming one of the most popular wildlife destinations in the country.
Short doc about the national bird of Sri Lanka, the endemic Junglefowl.