The unerasable impression Lester made in Sri Lankan cinema throughout the five decades from ‘Rekhawa’ in 1956 to ‘Ammawarune’ in 2006 certainly elevates him as a ‘man of the era’, states a condolence message issued by the Political Bureau of the JVP over the death of Lester James Peiris.
Full text of the condolence message:
Lester’s filmmaking ability would linger in the hearts of Sri Lankan cinemagoers
Mr Lester James Peiris, the most renowned cinema artist in Sri Lanka, has passed away ending his 99-year-old life. We join millions of Sri Lankans who is grieved by the demise of this great artist.
The unerasable impression he made in Sri Lankan cinema throughout the five decades from ‘Rekhawa’ in 1956 to ‘Ammawarune’ in 2006 certainly elevates him as a ‘man of the era’.
He displayed his talents in a broad sector of cinema art that included movies, short films, children’s movies and his film ‘Rekhawa’ is considered as the birth of the local cinema. As such, he is, undoubtedly, the father of local cinema. His ability that spread from the challenge of taking the movie camera out of the studio to film in natural surroundings and the manner he depicted vividly the life of the Sri Lankan people in the film were marvellous.
Lester James Peiris was able to translate into cinema language the trilogy ‘Gam Peraliya’, ‘Kaliyugaya’ and ‘Yuganthaya’ and also ‘Madol Duwa’ of Sri Lanka’s greatest writer, Martin Wickremesinghe.
The cinematic ability of Lester James Peiris, who was acclaimed locally as well as abroad and the man who displayed this ability would linger in the hearts of the Sri Lankan cinemagoers.