Apr 29, 2018

Lester James Peries bids adieu

Veteran filmmaker Dr. Lester James Peries has passed away at the age of 99.

Dr. Peries passed away while being treated at a private hospital. 

An active filmmaker since 1949, Peries has been involved in over 28 films, including shorts and documentaries. He has received critical acclaim for directing Rekava, Gamperaliya, Nidhanaya, Golu Hadawatha, Kaliyugaya, Awaragira and Yuganthaya.

Dr. Peries, who revolutionized the Sinhala film industry with his globally acclaimed film “Rekawa” in 1956, is considered as the father of Sinhala cinema.
(Pics : Deva Jayawardena)
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