Young actor Sampath Roshan who enthralled the audience through his
character in the lengthy teledrama, Jeevithe Lassanai had joined hands
with another youngster, Charith Abeysinghe to bring ‘Julia’ to the big
Scenes from ‘Julia’
Roshan had taken on the role of the director in the movie while
Abeysinghe is its producer. They are also portraying the lead male roles
in the tale which centers on the plight of a beautiful and innocent
young girl named Julia.
The charming Nadeesha Hemamali is the lead actress for the film which
also stars experienced actors like Ravindra Randeniya, Robin Fernando,
Sriyantha Mendis, Veena Jayakody and Rex Kodippily. Roles are also
portrayed by Sasanthi Jayasekara, Sandun Wijesiri, Harsha Bulathsinhala,
Teddy Vidyalankara, Achala Walpola, and child actress Dinuli
Julia is like many young girls her age. She enjoys leading a
happy-go-lucky lifestyle as her parents are wealthy. Her time is spent
enjoying life with her colleagues till she meets Dilruk who becomes
fascinated by her beauty. Julia in turn falls for him but unfortunately
for her Dilruk is a sly character. After taking advantage of her he
abandons her and heads back to England.
Though that seems the end of her tragic plight she soon meets a
person who is a part of her lover’s past. Enter Dev - friend turned foe.
Dev is on a hunt for Dilru thirsting for his blood. He keeps Julia as a
However life takes a twist and before he realizes what had hit him,
Dev is trapped in a web of revenge, deception and power. He is roped
into the incidents through his emotions for Julia.
The movie was shot in locations in London and Sri Lanka. It is the
first local film to adapt the latest high definition technology.
‘Julia’ is also claimed as the first Sri Lankan movie to debut at an
international theatre, the Odeon, Empire Leicester square, England, last
Donald Karunaratne is the cameraman and make up is by Ranjith
Mathangaweera. Namal Attygalle is the line producer, Jagath Nissanka the
executive producer and Teddy Vidyalankara the stunt director for the
The story and script is by Sarath Samaranayake. Ranga Dasanayake will
enter the field as music director through ‘Julia’ which includes
background vocals by Kasun Kalhara, Gretian Ananda, Bathiya Jayakody and
Uresha Ravihari. Dr. Ajantha Ranasinghe, Kelum Srimal, Ananda Padmasiri
and Namal Attygalle have penned the lyrics. The still photos are by
Argentinean film director speaks
This week I wish to present an assemblage of quotes from an
international personality on the magic and dream world of cinema. Cinema
as we know, as many have described, is a ‘dream factory’. Take for
instance what the famous Argentinean filmmaker, Pablo Caesar says about
the film industry.
“During my years in the 1980s people said that video was killing the
cinema. But in our days nobody had video players and people still cam to
see the films in the theatres. In any case I think we are near
catastrophic times because o global warming and that could be the end of
the consumer period. I love cinema, but it is an art that depends on an
The poet can write even if there is no paper; the music players can
play their work eve if there is no electricity, but cinema needs an
industry. I think cinema is not an art; cinema is an artistic expression
of industrious technology.”
Readers might wonder who Pablo Caesar is! We learn that he is a
professor, a member of many international juries, and a writer.
Pablo Cesar said that he is influenced by Marcel Proust, Friedrich
Nietzsche, Rumi and Omar Khyyam - all great names in world literature
and philosophy. He also said that he learned cinema from Pier Paolo
Pasolini, Luis Bunuel, Satyajit Ray and Ingmar Bergman - all great
filmmakers of the world.
In the country’s capital Buenos Aires he teaches in the University
Bengali documentary filmmaker Swati Chakraborty in clear terms
declares that” No artwork can be ‘apolitical’. In a broad sense all work
of art talk about the creator’s views and values. It relates to society
in on way or other, so you have to take a stand as a filmmaker too”.
According to noted Indian film journalist Ashok Rane, “Indian Cinema
started changing with the advent of globalisation and has been changing
every five years from the 1990s. The heavily loaded melodrama movies are
no more. Cinema is now getting more close to reality. A generation of
filmmakers has come of age now. You have young directors walking in and
making blockbuster movies”.
Bollywood actor Sharad Kapoor reveals that “People look for
entertaining movies with a good storyline, a good script. A technically
good movie is appreciated by all, even laymen”.
Answering to a question, Sunil Anand, son of the great entertainer of
early Hindi films, handsome Dev Anand distinguishes the features in
today’s cinema: “Cinema is now about a lot of special effects with
lighting and camera, digital work, introduction of a novel concept like
This being the computer age movie can be completed in less than two
But his dad, Dev Anand said that nothing has changed Bollywood and
“Movies today is more about glitter, glamour with a lot of expenses on
Portman lined up for ‘Thor’
Natalie Portman has been lined up to play the love interest of ‘Thor’
in a movie based on the hammer-wielding Marvel comics superhero, it was
Portman, 28, whose previous credits include a trio of ‘Star Wars’
prequels and 2008’s ‘The Other Boleyn Girl’, will play Jane Foster in
the upcoming production, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Up-and-coming Australian actor Chris Hemsworth had already been
confirmed in the lead role while Tom Hiddleston will play Loki, the
villainous god of mischief.
‘Thor’ is one of several Marvel characters to make their way onto the
big screen, following adaptations of iconic superheroes such as
‘Spider-Man’, ‘The Incredible Hulk’, and ‘Iron Man’.
Donald set to make it to 50
Ranjan and Udari in Paya Enna Hiru Se
A few could ever boast of such credentials. Well-known assistant
director Donald Jayantha had assisted in directing nearly 40 films in
his career spanning more then 25 years. Today he is without doubt the
leading assistant director in the field having played a significant role
in a number of popular movies: from Dehena, One Shot, Parliament Jokes,
Vimukthi, Hiripoda Vessa, Anjalika, Asai Mang Piyambanna, Rosa Kele and
Prabhakaran to the more recent Paya Enna Hiruse and more.
Hailing from the outskirts of Matara, Donald had taken to acting on
stage ever since he was 12 while still a student at Deniyaya Kotapola
Maha Vidyalaya. After taking up employment as a journalist, he took on
roles in some stage plays and teledramas as his ambition had been to
proceed as an actor in the celebrity scene. He says that films of
yesteryear stars Gamini Fonseka and Malini Fonseka had inspired him.
However it was veteran filmmaker Dharmasiri Gamage who brought
Donald’s skills in directing to the spotlight as he employed him as the
assistant director for Yasa Isuru.
“I developed an interest working behind the sets and soon Gamage
involved me in Pooja. I have worked with Udayakantha in his films and
many others in their projects,’ the ‘man-behind-the-scenes’ told Daily
Pooja and Roshan in Suwanda Danuna Jeevithe
He states that there is only a limited amount of assistant directors
in the local cinema scene.
“They strive to uphold their career in the field. I am grateful to I.
N. Hewawasam who instilled a sense of professionalism into the sector of
ADs. An AD is not the director’s assistant. He plays a vital role in
coordinating the whole project while the director concentrates on
matters like the creative aspects of the movie.
“Some mammoth movie creations in the global scene employ more then
one AD to look over matters. It is their duty to see that the project
runs smoothly,” he enlightened.
He had worked as an AD in movies like Mago Digo Dai, Ran Kevita II,
Suwanda Danuna Jeevithe and a few more which are slotted for release. He
has also got a keen eye to spot talent and had introduced some new faces
to the scene.
“I still feel that there is more to learn in the field. The world of
cinema is changing and upgrading each passing day. There is a lot to
grasp. It is time that the authorities took measures to build and
upgrade the cinema halls. Though we owned more than 300 theatres, we are
left with a little over a hundred today. This is quite a pathetic
situation,” he said.
He aims to complete 50 movies as AD and take on the director’s seat
in the 51st creation.
He expressed his gratitude to Dharmasiri Gamage, his wife Mangalika
Nagodawithana, Udayakantha Warnasuriya, Priyantha Colombage, Dhammika
Siriwardana, Ashoka Serasinghe, Ranjan Ramanayake and all those who had
entrusted him in working on their projects. '
Tennyson calls for fresh talent
Popular actor Tennyson Cooray is searching for new faces to take part
in his debut attempt at directing a movie.
Titled ‘Thank you Berty’ the film will star some popular campaigners
in the movie scene.
Those who are between the ages 10 to 75 are requested to come to the
Tharangani Cinema hall, the National Film Corporation, Bauddaloka
Mawatha, Colombo, on August 5 between 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for auditions.
For more details call 0714867710 or 0777751930.
Latest ‘Harry Potter’ makes record mid-week debut
‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’
The sixth ‘Harry Potter’ film raked in 58.4 million dollars on its
first day of release smashing the mid-week record, the Warner Bros
‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’ was the biggest-ever
Wednesday film debut, agreed industry insider Variety, which hailed the
huge opening on screens across the United States and Canada as “a
Warner Bros bosses welcomed the news, and paid tribute to all those
who had waited in line to see the film.
“We are so happy to share ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’
with the fans and thrilled that they turned out in record numbers to see
it,” said Dan Fellman, head of domestic distribution, in a statement.
The film opens this week in major markets around the world, and
Warner Bros is expecting bumper audiences.
“With many countries yet to open, these already outstanding box
office numbers are another testament to the universal appeal of J.K.
Rowling’s stories and the remarkable work of everyone behind the Harry
Potter films,” said Veronika Kwan-Rubinek, Warner’s head of
‘The Half-Blood Prince’ shows raging teenage hormones stalking the
corridors of Hogwarts school of magic and sets the scene for the looming
final battle between Harry and his nemesis Lord Voldemort in the
Chan on ‘Kung-Fu kid’
He’s seemingly been attached for ages, but Jackie Chan has finally
been confirmed as starring in ‘Kung-Fu Kid’. He’ll play a wise kung-fu
master who tutors young Jaden Smith (last seen in The Day The Earth
Stood Still, below) in the ways of China’s most famous martial arts.
What started as a basic remake of ‘The Karate Kid’ - with Jaden Smith
in the Ralph Macchio role and Chan taking over from Pat Morita’s Miyagi
- has now mutated into a China-set kung-fu version. Harald Zwart, who
brought the world ‘One Night At McCool’s’ and, ‘ The Pink Panther 2’,
attended a traditional Chinese ceremony with his cast to mark the start
of the planned three-month shoot.