Filmmakers

Director - Prasanna Vithanage
Producer - Lasantha Nawarathna and Mohamed Adamaly
Screenplay – By Prasanna Vithanage based on Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s novella ” The Meek One”
Director of Photography – M.D. Mahindapala
Music Director – Lakshman Joseph De Saram
Film Editor – A. Sreekar Prasad
Sound  Designer – Tapas Nayak
Production Designer – Rob Nevis
Make Up Artist – Ebert Wijesinghe
Executive Producers – Iranthi Abeysinghe, Rahul Roy, Sunil Fonseka, Nadira Adamaly
Line Producers – Kalpana Ariyawansa, Vindana Ariyawansa
Assistant Director – Daminda D. Madawala
Adaptation Concept – Ariyawansa Dammage

Prasanna Vithanage – Writer/Director/Co-Producer

Born in 1962, Prasanna Vithanage became involved in theatre on leaving school.
He translated and directed Bernard Shaw’s “Arms and the Man” in 1986, and Dario Fo’s “Trumpets and Raspberries” in 1991.
In 1992, he directed his first film “Sisila Gini Gani” (Ice of Fire). It won nine OCIC (Sri Lanka) Awards including Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress.
Four years later in 1996 was his second feature “Anantha Rathriya” (Dark Night of the Soul), which he wrote and directed. It was based on Leo Tolstoy’s last novel “Resurrection”. It participated in several international film festivals and won a Jury’s Special Mention in the First Pusan International Film Festival. The film also won all the main awards at the 1996 Sri Lanka Film Critics Forum Awards (affiliated with FIPRESCI) including awards for Most Outstanding Film, Best Director and Best Screenwriter.

“Pawuru Walalu” (Walls Within), his third feature in 1997 won the Best Actress Award for  Nita Fernando in her role as Violet, at the 1998 Singapore International Film Festival. It even won ten out of eleven awards including Best Picture and Best Director at the Sri Lanka Film Critics Forum Awards.

His fourth feature “Purahanda Kaluwara” (Death on a Full Moon Day) of the same year, 1997, which he wrote and directed was produced by NHK (Japanese Broadcasting Corporation). It won the Grand Prix at the Amiens Film Festival. Initially banned by the minister in charge of film industry, it was released after a yearlong legal battle. It was given the release under the supreme court verdict. Since it has become one of the most successful film in the more than half a century history of cinema in Sri Lanka.

Prasanna Vithanage completed “Ira Madiyama” (August Sun) his fifth film in 2003. It went on to win many international awards and was featured prominently in the world festival circuit.

In 2007, Vithanage co-produced the hit film “Machan” a comedy about a group of working class con artists posing as a handball team, directed by “The Full Monty” producer Uberto Pasolini. “Machan” premiered at the 65th Venice Film Festival in 2008.  It was shown widely all over the world winning 11 international awards.

2008 also saw the world premiere of Prasanna Vithanage’s sixth feature film as director, “Akasa Kusum” (Flowers of the Sky) in Pusan, Korea and screened over forty film festivals to wide acclaim winning numerous international awards.

“Oba Nathuwa Oba Ekka” (With You, Without You) is his seventh feature.

Lasantha Nawarathna – Producer

Lasantha Nawarathna, Born on 15th Sep 1982 in Ingiriya, Sri Lanka and Currently living in The Hague, Netherlands. Professionally Network engineer and completed his education in Sri Lanka and Europe.  He has been working in East Timor as an IT consultant in Private sectors and international Organizations. Currently he is working in The Hague permanently as an IT Developer. He recently started to produce movies is in Sri Lanka as it has been his dream since childhood

 

Mohamed Adamaly – Producer
Mohamed Adamaly (Adam) was a stage actor since early childhood and entered the limelight with lead roles since 1990.  Over a thirty five year career, he has acted in, Directed and or Produced about 50 theatre productions.  His most memorable acting performances were of Pizzarro in The Royal Hunt of the SunCaptain Macheath in Wole Soyinka’s Opera Wonyosi and Iago in Shakespeare’s Othello.

Adam formed the ‘Performing Arts Company’ in 1994 and produced (and or played lead roles in) several very successful plays including Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’, Dorfman’s ‘Death and the Maiden’, Ray Cooney’s ‘Run For Your Wife’, ‘Caught in the Net’ and ‘Funny Money’; Marc Camoletti’s ‘Don’t Dress for Dinner’; Ira Levin’s ‘Deathrap’; Shaffer’s ‘Black Comedy’ and A. R. Gurney’s ‘Love Letters’.

He made his film debut, again as an actor, in a cameo role in Uberto Passolini’s award winning ‘Machan’ and had a fleeting appearance in Prasanna Vithanage’s award winning ‘Akasa Kusum’ (Flowers in the Sky).  He acted with Sir Ben Kingsley and Ben Cross in ‘Common Man’ (2012).

Adam and his wife Nadira own and manage the film production company Monad Art.

MD Mahindapala – Director of Photography

Considered one of the finest cinematographersSri Lankahas produced, Mahindapala’s entry into feature films was a late one.  Being involved with the Government Film Unit on many documentaries and other films for most of his career, he entered the world of feature films with Sudath Devapriya’s film “Tharanaya”, in 1992.  He began his fruitful collaboration with director Prasanna Vithanage on “Anantha Rathriya (Dark Night of the Soul)” in 1993 and collaborated with him on “Purahanda Kaluwara (Death on a Full Moon Day)”, “Ira Madiyama (August Sun)” and “Akasa Kusum” (Flowers of the Sky).

Lakshman Joseph de Saram – Original Music

Lakshman Joseph de Saram is a solo performer, concert master, chamber musician and composer and has been engaged in virtually every aspect of music since he made his concert debut at the age of 13.  A winner of the prestigious Sarasaviya Award for Best Music Score for his work on Boodee Keerthisena’s Mille Soya, he also composed the music for Vithanage’s “Ira Madiyama,”(August Sun) “Akasa Kusum”(Flowers of the Sky) and shared a credit with British composer Stephen Warbeck on Uberto Pasolini’s “Machan.” His most recent collaboration was with Rachel Portman in Uberto Pasolini’s “Bel Ami” which was released this year.

A Sreekar Prasad – Editor

One of India’s most prolific and accomplished film editors, A. Sreekar Prasad has edited more than 500 Indian feature films across the length and breadth of India, in a multitude of the country’s languages, including Tamil, Hindi, Nepali, Bengali and Assamese.  He also has worked forIndia’s most eminent directors, including Mani Ratnam, Santosh Sivan and Shaji Karun.  Prasad tried his hand at film production for the first time in 200, making his first feature, the English language “Dejavu” under the banner of his company Film Freaks.  He has editing offices in Chennai andHyderabadand has won the Indian National Award for excellence in film editing six times.  Apart being the Indian editor with most number of National Awards, Sreekar Prasad has also won an international award for Nanditha Das’s “Firaaq” at Dubai International Film Festival.  He also co-produced Prasanna Vithanage’s previous feature film “Akasa Kusum” and “Oba Nathuwa Oba Ekka” marks his and Prasanna’s forth collaboration.

Tapas Nayak – Sound Designer

Tapas was an assistant sound designer for famous films such as Oscar nominated “Lagaan”. He became a well known sound designer for his films R. Balki’s “Paa” which starred Amiabh Bachchan and Ravan directed by Mani Ratnam.    Originally from Orissa, Tapas Nayak though he works in many languages, he has settled himself in Chennai.  This is the first time he is teaming up with director Prasanna Vithanage.  He has contributed to Bollywood mega cinema and  independent short films made by young Indian filmmakers alike.

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