Film producer, cinematographer, still cameraman and writer, Prasanna Paranavithana’s latest book “Sri Lankeeya Cinemawe Mathaka Suwanda” (Memories of Sinhala cinema) was released to the public recently.
Dedicated to late filmmaker Chandana Silva and award winning actor Ashoka Peiris, Prasanna’s book is an important guide to many a youngster who is waiting to study cinema. The book which highlights the important juncture of the Sri Lankan cinema industry which started with B. A. W. Jayamanna’s ‘Kadawunu Poronduwa’ in 1947, will be a must for those who are interested in the country’s 60-year-old cinema industry.
In addition it has a collection of articles on the hardly talked subjects like ‘introduction of colour studios in Sri Lanka’, cinematographers, screenplay writers, editors, lyricist, music directors, make-up artistes and on the actors and actresses who turned filmmakers in the Sinhala cinema.
“Sri Lankeeya Cinemawe Mathaka Suwanda” also comprises a collection of rare photographs of Sri Lankan films and its artistes taken by Prasanna himself.