|Saturday, 3 August 2002|
Pickpocket picked for Swiss movie
Mage Wam Atha (My Left Hand), the second film directed by award- winning actor Linton Semage will be screened at the 55th International Film Festival in Lucarno, Switzerland during the festival week commencing from August 1.
The 90 minute movie directed by Semage will be screened overseas with English subtitles under the name "Pickpocket".
Semage who plays the main role in his film told the " Daily News" that a second copy of his film would be screened simultaneously in Sine Manila festival, Philippines. He would also attend the Fukuoka Film festival, Japan, from September 13 to 23.
The film will also be screened at festivals in Canada, Korea and Norway during this year.
"This is a very rare privilege for me to attend a film festival in the West. This may be first Sinhala film to be screened at the Lucerne festival," enthused Semage.
Semage recalled how he started his career. "I began my life in the film industry as a tea-boy to actors and the crew 22 years ago and having understood the intricacies of the industry, persevered in the chosen field to climb up. I know that I have to climb many steps more to achieve my goal in life". He gained experience in varying capacities as assistant make up artist, production manager, costume designer, art director, camera assistant, editor and actor.
Mage Wam Atha was screened at the Kerala film festival. "That was my 'ticket' to Switzerland. I am grateful to the Asian Film Centre for making it possible to attend the festival and I am thankful to the National Film Corporation for assisting me financially to make this film".
The story focuses on Kamal, a man who picks pockets as a profession. Although he vows to reform himself, he fails in this effort as he is unable to obtain a job. His life as a thief brings misery to his family and to the neighbourhood.
Kamal comes across a photograph of his wife in one of the wallets he picks, keeps that a secret and goes in search of the owner of the purse. That is where the tragedy begins.
The film is scheduled to be screened in Sri Lanka in September.
The cast includes Dilhani Ekanayake, Gayani Gishanthika, Sarath Kotalawala and Mahendra Perera.
Corrine, Rajive pair up
"Corrine and Rajive in Concert" a musical evening featuring two popular singers will be held at the BMICH on August 17 at 7.00 pm.
Rajive says this is the first time the two are going to perform in a concert together and it will be presented in a novel way." Both of us will be coming up with original creations."
Rajive says both of them started in Western music and got onto Sinhala music. Other popular singers such as Sunil, Piyal, Ronnie Leitch, A.E. Manoharan, Maxi Rozairo and Shyami Fonseka will also take part in the concert.
The musical evening will be backed by the band " Ultimate " together with Rajive and the Clan.
Corrine says the concert will include both new as well as some old hits. The event is organised by the DR Entertainment and is sponsored by the Ceylon Hotel School Graduates Association.
Prasanna's new film
The launching of " Ira Madiyama "(August Sun) directed by Prasanna Vithanage and produced by Soma Edirisinghe takes place in Colombo next Monday evening. With this film Prasanna breaks a five year silence after " Purahanda Kaluwara " in 1997.
Veera Puran Appu on Rupavahini
The film Veera Puran Appu will be shown on Rupavahini on August 9 at 9 pm to commemorate the national hero's 154th death anniversary.
The cast comprises Raveendra Randeniya, Joe Abeywickrama, Malini Fonseka, Tissa Abeysekera, Dharmasiri Bandaranayake and Robin Fernando. Music was by Premasiri Khemadasa.
The film was directed by Lester James Peries based on a script by Tissa Abeysekera. Present Foreign Minister Tyronne Fernando produced the film in 1976.
Dayananda Gunawardena's epic docudrama " Madhura Javanika" goes on the boards once again at the Elphinstone Theatre on August 7 at 3.30 and 6.30 pm. Based upon historical events, the drama picks up during the period of war between kings Rama and Rawana and continues even to modern times where women seek employment in Dubai as housemaids.
" Madhura Javanika " is an accomplished musical drama which includes folk music, dance, extravagant costumes and spectacular stage settings.
The cast comprises Bandula Wijeweera, Jackson Anthony, Rodney Warnakula, Anula Bulathsinhala, Saman Gunawardena, Saddha Utpalakanda and Rathnashila Perera. Music is composed by Rohana Beddage and Bandula Wijeweera.
Produced by Lake House