Story of a thousand images
Prasanna and Purnima. Picture by Ruwan de Silva
The tale relates fragments of life of almost anyone who had walked
across the streets in the city of neon lights. It is the story of a
thousand empty beer cans and burnt cigarette butts. It is a tale that
will never be expressed in words or images if two individuals had not
taken on the task of bringing its harsh reality to the reel.
Meet Udaya Dharmawardhana and Chinthana Dharmadasa - two people
striving to make a difference in the cinema scene. Their debut feature
film is Adarae Anshu Mathrayake (How I Wonder What You Are). It is based
on a tale in which two youths are engaged on a soul searching mission. D
and Kathy make desperate attempts to unearth emotions which will bind
them together but they soon realize that they have forgotten the
language of connectivity.
D's frustration with life comes to a close when he encounters Kathy.
Unfortunately Kathy has a few problems of her own which she does not
like to relate to D. She asks to stay with him purely to wait for a call
from her boyfriend with whom she had broken up with. The call never
comes and she gets close to D during her heartbreak. As soon as she
realizes that she is taking advantage of his kindness she is burdened
with guilt and tries to back off. However D's world now revolves around
her and every passing day he is left yearning for her return.
The two lead roles are portrayed by Prasanna Mahaganage and Purnima
Mohandiram. They are supported by Namal Jayasinghe, Mahendra Perera,
Dayadeva Edirisinghe and Sirimal Wijesinghe.
Dharmawardhana began his stint in the spotlight with photography. He
was trained by Lal Hegoda before studying video concepts and technology
at the National Youth Centre. He had made a name as a music video
director and had made some of the most significant music videos in the
country. After studying film directing from Prasanna Vithanage he turned
to television commercial directing and became a television producer for
Sirasa TV. Style and Thunpath Rena are two of his most renowned
Scenes from the movie
Apart from co-directing Adarae Anshu Mathrayakehe had also worked in
the project as its director of photography with Chinthaka Somakeerthi.
Dharmawardhana is shooting his second movie titled Les Papillions Noirs
which is a France - Sri Lanka co-production.
Dharmadasa is a product of the Peradeniya University. He ventured
into films as a film critic before turning director with the short film
Afterwards, he fell asleep. This was selected for the best category in
Shorts 2005 Film Festival put together by the National Film Corporation
and he was awarded with a scholarship at the Lodz Film School, Poland.
His second short film Insignificant, based on the Tsunami, won the
special jury award at the Environmental Film Festival held by the Asia
Dharmadasa also penned scripts for prominent film directors. He
scripted the screenplay for Boodee Keerthisena's Nimnayaka Hudakalawa
and had even worked with Dharmawardhana for Sanka Dineth's music video.
Chinthana Dharmadasa and Udaya Dharmawardhana have written the screen
play while Duminda de Silva is the editor for Adarae Anshu Mathrayake.
Priyantha Sirikumara is the make up artist, Manoj Nalaka the art
director, Dasun Pathirana the production manager and Thisara Mangala
Bandara the assistant director. The music is by Jayanth Dharmawardhana.
The movie features the song 'Descending from Paradise' by Indrachapa
The movie is co-produced by Channa Deshapriya, Rasitha Jayasena and
Dammika Samarathunga. It will take to the wide screen in the near
Ekamath Eka Rateka
Sri Lankan Film Festival in Beijing
Six outstanding Sri Lankan movies produced in the past few years will
be screening at a Sri Lankan Film Festival that will be held in Beijing,
China, from May 19 to 25. Vasantha Obeysekara's Aganthukaya, Bennett
Ratnayake's Sulanga, Sumithra Peries' Yahaluwo, Tanuj Anawaratne's
Nisala Gira, Jackson Anthony's Aba and Sanath Gunatilleke's Ekamath Eka
Rateka are the films which will be screened at the event. These movies
have been selected out of ten movies which have been screened in the
Aganthukaya bagged some of the main awards at the Sarasaviya Film
Awards including the awards of best film, best director, best actor,
best supporting actor, best script and best lyrics. Aba was one of the
highest grossing films in Sri Lankan history.
Yahaluwo, Sulanga, Nisala Gira and Ekamath Eka Rateka have all been
screened in several countries abroad and have won over the audience.
Another interesting fact linked with the festival is that Sanath
portrays the main role in three of these creations.
Apart from Sanath, Ravindra Randeniya who plays a key role in Aba and
Damitha Abeyratne who is had given an outstanding performance in Nisala
Gira will attend the film festival along with NFC Deputy General Manager
Directors Peries, Obeysekara and Ratnayake will also fly to China on
May 18. RJ
Bold and beautiful
Barbara and Hrithik
In the harsh terrain of the Mexican desert, a mortally wounded man is
left for dead in the heat of the desert sun. This is J-once a street
smart, carefree, young guy and now a wanted man.
The only thing that keeps him alive is the quest to find the love of
his life, Natasha. A woman, engaged to another man, but surely destined
for J. A woman, who comes into his life like a bolt of lightning, and
changes it forever.
Kites will begin unspooling at Regal, Colombo, Arena, Katugastota,
Willmax, Anuradhapura, Milano, Kegalla and Cinemax, Ja Ela from May 21.
It will be subtitled in English and is a CEL release.
After Hrithik, Barbara wants to romance SRK
Mexico's export to India, Barbara Mori continues to make waves. She
is gaining a firm foothold in Bollywood as the leading lady of Kites and
as the Roshan's new discovery.
Recently, she was introduced to Shah Rukh Khan through her friends
Hrithik and Susanne Roshan. The lady is in town to promote Kites and is
at present put up at the Oakwood apartment in Juhu.
SRK threw a surprise bash for her at his palatial abode Mannat.
Barbara also met up with inner circle comprising of Arjun Rampal, Mehr
Jessia, Chunky and Bhavna Pandey, Sanjay and Maheep Kapoor and Neelam
The lady was floored by King Khan and his wife Gauri's hospitality. A
source told us that she is now keen to work with Shah Rukh.
She reportedly stated that though she hasn't seen any of his films,
she would love to star opposite him. www.santabanta.com
Projecting the turbulence of life
Pahan Pena by Dharmasiri Bandaranaike
A series of documentaries in the care of the Government Film Unit (GFU)
since independence was screened at the Film Corporation on May 12.
The projects screened showed the progress of society from the Stone
Age Veddhas to the Agricultural and Fishing communities. The Stone Age
primitives foraged and hunted. They had their own society and their
worship of nature and spirits. However it seemed to me that they were
also in conflict with nature, felling down trees and the slaughter of
animals for food.
It seemed that this documentary was showing the conflict of life in
all its varied forms. The vast greenery of our planet earth hides the
turbulence beneath it - a struggle for survival. This was the substance
of the work which had captured the harsh reality of life in images.
The indigenous documentary film industry began at our Independence in
1948 when equipment from the disbanded British military film units was
given to the Government of Ceylon. Consequently the GFU was born and
today they carry on their mission in bringing worthwhile creations to
the fore and before the global audience.
Aronofsky and Pitt to team for The Tiger
Once upon a time, Brad Pitt and director Darren Aronofsky were aiming
to team up on an sci-fi adventure that would span all of space and time
to tell an epic love story. That project became known as The Fountain
and went on to star Hugh Jackman as the interstellar traveler, ending
the proposed collaboration between Pitt and the acclaimed filmmaker.
That team-up may action happen now. The duo is eyeing an adaptation
of John Vaillant's upcoming non-fiction book The Tiger.
The action adventure story takes place on the Siberian plain, where
human development is encroaching on the tigers' habitat - and one tiger
turns on the intruders.
The Tiger, which will be produced by Pitt's Plan B and Aronofsky's
Protozoa Pictures, is being developed as a potential starring vehicle
for the star at Focus Features. Writer Guillermo Arriaga will pen the
screenplay. He previously worked with Pitt on 2006's Babel. Variety
New film about Monroe's death
Production Company FilmEngine is re-opening the case of Marilyn
Monroe's death. Marilyn will be penned by John Ryan Jr., a
filmmaker-producer who is Anthony Rhulen's partner at FilmEngine.
The company has optioned the life rights of Lionel Grandison, a
deputy Los Angeles coroner who claims he was forced to falsify Monroe's
death certificate to say it was a suicide rather than murder. Grandison
also contends that he read Monroe's diary, which was given to him in
order to help find her next of kin. He was in possession of the diary
for several days. Grandison is still alive, but the diary could not be
New wonders of Alice's world
Carroll’s wonderful tale brought to life by Burton on reel
Instead of Wonderland, it's Underland. Instead of Alice as a bored
but clever child, we get Alice as a 19-year-old rebel and warrior,
dispatching the monstrous Jabberwocky with a magic sword. Disney's
second rendering of Lewis Carroll's fantasy, in other words, is a world
apart from both its 1951 cartoon version and the original Victorian-era
Directed by Tim Burton, Alice in Wonderland, a 3-D blend of live
action and animation, is meant as a contemporary, subversive take on a
cherished story. With the 20-year-old Australian actress Mia Wasikowska,
who had a breakout role in the first season of HBO's In Treatment, as
Alice, it begins with an unwanted marriage proposal before veering off
into Underland, where Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter and Helena Bonham
Carter as the Red Queen await.
Since Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel, Through the
Looking-Glass, were first published nearly 150 years ago, Alice's tale
has been retold in many versions and many media, including as a musical,
anime, video game and more than a score of film and television
Sri Lankan movie buffs can catch the movie when it begins unspooling
at Liberty cinema from May 21. PR