Funny Boy (2020); Directed by Deepa Mehta; Produced by David Hamilton; Screenplay by Deepa Mehta, Shyam Selvadurai; Based on Funny Boy by Shyam Selvadurai; Starring Rehan Mudannayake, Arush Nand, Brandon Ingram, Nimmi Harasgama, Ali Kazmi, Agam Darshi, Seema Biswas and Shivantha Wijesinha; Music by Howard Shore, Cinematography Douglas Koch; Edited by Teresa Font; Distributed by ARRAY Netflix; Release date 4 December 2020; Country Canada; Languages English, Sinhala and Tamil.
Funny Boy is a Canadian drama film, directed by Deepa Mehta and slated for release in 2020. An adaptation of Shyam Selvadurai’s 1994 novel Funny Boy, the film centers on the coming of age of Arjie Chelvaratnam, a young Tamil boy in Sri Lanka who is coming to terms with his homosexuality against the backdrop of the increased tensions between Tamil and Sinhalese people before the breakout of the Sri Lankan Civil War.
Shot on location in Colombo, the film stars Arush Nand as Arjie in childhood and Brandon Ingram as Arjie in his teenage years, as well as Nimmi Harasgama, Ali Kazmi, Agam Darshi, Seema Biswas, Rehan Mudannayake, and Shivantha Wijesinha. Its production was first announced in 2018. The film will have a theatrical release in Canada and selected cities in the United States and will be streamed internationally via Netflix. The movie rights for the United States have been acquired by Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY who will handle worldwide distribution.
It is slated to premiere on December 4, 2020, on CBC Television and CBC Gem. It was selected as the Canadian entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 93rd Academy Awards.