"The Tsunami" - Melbourne

On 25th July at 6.15pm - Reading Cinema, Dandenong

Screening has been postponed due to Melbourne Lockdown and new date TBA

This is the 2nd screening in Melbourne following a Successful Melbourne Premiere Screenings

 

Synopsis

Two and half year old Tamil girl gets lost in the 2004 Tsunami. Later she gets adopted in a Sinhalese family after misidentifying her as their lost child. After 10years the Tamil family come across the news and claims her.

Court decides the Tamil family as the biological parents after a DNA test. The little girl is caught in between two worlds.

Ironically, Tamils and Sinhalese are two rival races in the country, who fight each other.

One daughter, two sets of parents from rival races.

 

Director’s bio

Somarathna Dissanayaka  obtained the first degree in medical radiology from London University, and later professionalized his hidden talents by obtaining a master’s degree in film directing from Sydney University.

Later he has given up the citizenship and the highly lucrative medical profession in Australia and returned to motherland Sri Lanka in view of making films.

All of his films are successful both commercially as well as artistically. While holding the box office record in the history of Sri Lankan cinema, he is also the winner of “the most number of international awards for cinema” in the country.

 

International awards for the film “Tsunami”

Druk international film festival 2020

                        Best film -  (Producer -  Renuka Balasooriya)

                        Best director –  (Dr. Somaratne Dissanayake)

                        Best actress – (Niranjani Shammugaraja)

                        Best cinematographer – (Vishwa Balasooriya)

Moonwhite international film festival 2020

                        Best director – (Dr. Somaratne Dissanayake)

 

Picasso Einstein Buddha international film festival 2020

                        Best film – (Producer – 9Renuka Balasooriya)

London rainbow international film festival 2020

                        Special award of the jury for directing – (Dr. Somaratne Dissanayake)

Bayesla International film festival 2021

                        Best film (Nominated)

                        Best director – Somaratne Dissanayake (Nominated)

                        Best actress – Niranjini Shanmugaraja (Nominated)

                        Best child performance – Menara Weerathunga (Nominated)

                        Best supporting actress – Himali Sayurangi (Nominated)

                        ( Final round has been paused due to pandemic)

 

Filmography

Year

Film

Role

2000

Saroja

Director, screenwriter, lyricist

2002

Punchi Suranganavi

Director, screenwriter

2004

Sooriya Arana

Director, screenwriter, lyricist

2005

Samanala Thatu

Director, screenwriter, lyricist

2008

Siri Raja Siri

Director, screenwriter

2009

Bindu

Director, screenwriter, lyricist

2013

Siri Parakum

Director, screenwriter, lyricist

2016

Sarigama

Director, lyricist

2020

Tsunami

Director, screenwriter

upcoming

Underpants Thief

Director, screenwriter