Tag: S. Shakthidharan

Screen Australia to fund Sri Lankan movie ‘Aparna’

Photo: Screen Australia

By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE,26 February 2020: A feature film about Sri-Lankan woman, Aparna and her son who were separated during Sri Lanka’s civil war and years later reunited in modern-day Sri Lanka.

“Written and directed by S. Shakthidharan whose play Counting and Cracking won the Best New Australian Work at the Helpmann Awards in 2019, Aparna is told in English, Tamil, and Sinhalese and features musical and dance numbers says a Screen Australia media release.

This heart-warming human drama is also written by Dr. Jeyasingham Jeyamohan, produced by John Maynard (Jirga, Romulus My Father) and executive produced by Bridget Ikin (Sherpa).

Aparna is one of the 22 new screen projects recently announced to be funded by Screen Australia.

A media release says, “Screen Australia has announced almost $750,000 of Story Development funding for nine feature films, 11 television series, and two online projects.

Screen Australia’s Head of Development, Nerida Moore said, “We are looking for projects that are distinctive in the market, have a very specific audience in mind and reflect a range of Australian experiences. As such, it’s fantastic to be able to support the development of these 22 productions, which give an exciting glimpse into the diversity of stories, formats and genres we will hopefully see on our screens in the coming years.”