Sri Lanka film director enters Hollywood

13:38, May 31, 2011      

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Sri Lankan film director Chandran Rutnam has become the first Sri Lankan to direct a Hollywood movie.

The movie titled 'A Common Man' is a co-production between Hollywood and Sri Lanka and the script of the movie was written by Rutnam.

Rutnam said Monday that the plot of the movie revolves around the character played by Oscar winning actor Sir Ben Kingsley, and an attempt by terrorists to blow up Colombo.

"The story is adapted from a concept that has been done before. But I have taken that concept and turned it around into a situation in Sri Lanka. This is a rare opportunity for Sri Lanka because this is the first time we are having the opportunity to direct Hollywood actors. We shot the whole picture within 27 days, " Rutnam said.

His company, Film Location Services, has in the past facilitated international movies being shot in Sri Lanka including Indiana Jones: The temple of doom, starring Harrison Ford. But this is the first time he or any Sri Lankan is directing a Hollywood movie.

Rutnam said that with the end of the war the doors have further opened for Sri Lanka to be used as a film location and he expects an abundance of films being shot in Sri Lanka.

He also urged Sri Lankan film makers to look beyond just the domestic market and think of the international audience as well when making a local film.

Source: Xinhua

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