Shooting completed on Sinhala film ‘Gunananda Himi Migettuwatte’



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Director Sisil Gunasekera


A scene from the film


Work on the Sinhala film ‘Gunananda Himi Migettuwatte’ based on the life and times of the well-known Buddhist monk, Ven. Migettuwatte Gunananda thera, has now been completed.


The color movie was shot in locations at Kosgoda, Balapitiya, Dambulla, Kalutara, Panadura and Kotahena.


"We completed the task within 34 days", says Sisil Gunasekera, the pivotal figure behind this cinematic creation. In addition to directing the film, he was also responsible for writing the script, screenplay and dialogues.


Ven. Migettuwatte Gunananda thera (February 9, 1823 – September 21 1890) was a Buddhist orator. He was known for leading the Buddhist side in debates between Buddhists and the Christians in Baddegama, Udanwita, Waragoda, Liyanagemulla, Gampola, and in the most famous of the debates in Panadura.


As a result of the debates, Buddhism in Sri Lanka saw a revival. After reading a pamphlet on the debates published in United States, Henry Steel Olcott arrived in Sri Lanka in 1880.


‘Gunananda Himi Migettuwatte’ was produced under the guidance of Ven. Waskaduwe Mahindawansa Mahanayake thera of the Amarapura Sasanodaya Nikaya, who served as consultant/advisor.


Gunasekera said that editing will be done in Sri Lanka. "We are optimistic of releasing the film by early 2016".


Domiciled in Australia, Gunasekera will be leaving for Sydney shortly on official work. "I will be back in July to complete the production process".


 


 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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