Sri Lankabhimanya Lester James Peiris, our very own, internationally acclaimed film director, screenwriter, and film producer is celebrating his 98th birthday today (5th April).
He attended St. Peter's College and started his career in journalism at the age of 17. The first of his feature films was “Rekava” or line of destiny in 1956. Afterward he made many award-winning films such as "Gamperaliya" in 1964 based on Martin Wickramasinghe's famous novel; "Delowak Athara" in 1966; "Golu Hadawatha" in 1968 based on the novel by Karunasena Jayalath; "Nidhanaya" in 1970; "Yuganthaya" in 1983 and many more. He has directed over 20 feature films. His final feature was “Amma Waruney” released in 2006.