Born in 1962, Prasanna Vithanage is one of Sri Lanka's most notable filmmakers. On leaving school he first became involved with theatre. He translated and directed George Bernard Shaw's 'Arms & the Man' in 1986 and Dario Fo's 'Raspberries & Trumpets' in 1991 before going on to direct his first film 'Sisila Gini Gani' (Ice on Fire) in 1992. This film won nine OCIC (Sri Lanka) awards which included the 'Best Director' award. Since then Prasanna Vithanage has gained national & international popular and critical acclaim for his work. In 1994 he wrote and directed 'Anantha Rathriya' (Dark Night of the Soul) followed by 'Pawuru Walal' (Walls Within), 'Purahanda Kaluwara' (Death on a Full Moon Day) and 'Ira Madiyama' (August Sun) among others. These films have gone on to win various National and International Awards and are widely screened throughout the world.