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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2398

Hollywood Companies for a location search in Sri Lanka for their future film projects

By Walter Jayawardhana

Los Angeles, 01 June, (Asiantribune.com): Four Hollywood companies will be going to Sri Lanka to investigate suitable locations for future productions within the next three months directly as a result of the Focus Sri Lanka Trade Fair held in Los Angeles. Sarala after receiving her award at the Focus Sri Lanka show from the President of  Young Artist FoundationSarala after receiving her award at the Focus Sri Lanka show from the President of Young Artist Foundation

“Four Hollywood companies have agreed to go to the island to investigate appropriate locations,” said Jaliya Wickramasuriya the Sri Lankan Consul General in Los Angeles.

Bill Bowling , the World Wide Locations Executive of the Warner Brothers Pictures has informed the Sri Lanka envoys at the trade exhibition that four companies working under Warner Brothers will be going to Sri Lanka to select proper locations.

The Child actress of “Water,” Sarala was featured at the ‘Focus Sri Lanka’ Trade show as an attraction for the Hollywood film makers to come and visit the fair.

Bill Bowling , the Warner Brothers Locations executive was invited to have a luncheon with the Sri Lanka child actress.

Canadian Indian Deepa Mehtha’s “Water,” that won nominations for an Oscar, but failed to win the award was the latest film to have been produced on location in Sri Lanka . It was not only praised for its cinematic value for telling the pathetic story of the Indian widow in the 1930’s , its brilliant portrayal of the talented acting of the Sri Lankan child star but also the salubrious and scenic beauty of the location it was shot. it was shot on location at the Bolgoda lake.

Sarala made her presence during the two day exhibition received an award presented by Hollywoood’s Young Artist Foundation as the best Child actor in any international film and received guests at the showing of the film “Water” at the exhibition. Ms. Maureen Dragone , the President of the Young Artist Foundation awarded two trophies, one for the Director of the film, another one for Sarala at the cultural show attached to the exhibition. Sarala accepted both trophies, as Mehtha was busy working on another film.

The Sri Lankan Consul General said Bill Bowling and the attached companies are expected to go to Sri Lanka before the end of September.

When the team of location executives arrive in Sri Lanka, every assistance will be given to them to meet people , travel to the intended designations to make their choices and ease their stay as well as their future plans in the country, said Jaliya Wickramasuriya.

Bowling reportedly told Jaliya Wickramasuriya and Bernard Goonetilleke the Sri Lankan ambassador who was also present at the show that they already knew the value of Sri Lanka as a location by such Hollywood epics like Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Doom, Bridge on the River Kwai and Elephant Walk.

Exhibition officials said the two day fair had 600 guests on the first day and 150 US buyers on the second day. Nearly thirty Sri lankan exhibitors participated at the fair.

Pradeep Vitharanage , a household linen manufacturer who ran a stall at the exhibition said he did not expect to get any orders during the first time experience in coming here and only came to get an education about the market needs but his company Sadako Industries (international) private Ltd. received eight million pieces order from a California company for hand towels to be shipped during a period of one year. Speaking to this correspondent after one day of the show , the manufacturer said he was also scheduled to meet many others whom he met at the fair to further discuss other deals. His company does embroidery and printing on cotton household linen like bed sheets, towels, house curtains etc before they are exported.

Bill Bowling , the Executive of World Wide Locations of the Warner Brothers had a luncheon with Sri Lanka child star Sarala. Also seen in the picture is Jaliya Wickramasuriya , Consul General of Sri Lanka at Los Angeles.Bill Bowling , the Executive of World Wide Locations of the Warner Brothers had a luncheon with Sri Lanka child star Sarala. Also seen in the picture is Jaliya Wickramasuriya , Consul General of Sri Lanka at Los Angeles.

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