English’ in Colombo
By Sanath Weerasuriya
‘Johnny English’ the British secret agent popularly
known as Mr. Bean in Sri Lanka, has come to Colombo looking for
Queen’s crown, lost in London .
‘Johnny English’ now comes alive at the Liberty Cinema.
the brilliant physical comedian whose outrageous pitfalls and subversively
innocent humor have made him a star in hilarious classics ranging
from the cult U.K. series Black Adder to the worldwide hit Bean,
is back on the big screen in the family comedy Johnny English.
When her majesty’s
crown jewels are stolen by a conniving Frenchman (John Malkovich),
who also plans to steal the queen’s throne, Johnny English
(Atkinson), a bit unseasoned but intensely enthusiastic, is thrown
onto the case.
Fast cars, high
tech gadgets, top secret info-Johnny can hardly believe it. He may
be in over his head, but his courage and dedication are unmatched
– especially after he meets double agent Lorna Campbell (Natalie
Imbruglia) and discovers that falling in love makes saving the nation
even more exciting.
Title Films, Johnny English is a spy comedy with thrills, chills
and surprises for the whole family. Directed by Peter Howitt (Sliding
Doors) from an original screenplay by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade
and William Davies, Johnny English was produced by Tim Bevan.
along with popular singer Natalie Imbruglia, Ben Miller and John
Malkovich star in this movie. Double platinum recording star Natalie
makes her film debut as a special agent helps Johnny to uncover
the French plot to throw Queen out of Britain.
In an uncertain
world, few things are as dependable as the British Secret Service.
World-renowned for the calibre of its agents, the cutting-edge technology
last bastions of honour manned with committed defenders of the “the
The film portraits
how Johnny trying hard to keep his status as the Agent One in the
MI 7 Secret Service.
National Film Corporation (NFC) Chairman Jayantha Dharmadasa said
though the President had given approval to acquire Movie Colour
Laboratory, which is at present under the Government Film Unit,
it was held up because of the influence of a certain high official
revealed this at a press conference held recently at N.F.C Auditorium.
He further said the colour lab, the recording studio and the film
archives are abandoned as Government Film Unit is almost defunct.
“What is the earthly use of these assets worth nearly 120
Million, if they do not utilize these assets for any purpose.
are corroding,” he said. Chairman Dharmadasa pointed out that
because of this situation local film producers are compelled to
go to India to get their films processed and printed, paying millions
and millions to foreign labs.
Dharmadasa said that he is happy as government has given an assurance
that National Film Corporation will not be privatized. Film Director,
parliamentarian Ravindra Randeniya questioned the N.F.C. Chairman
as to why the Corporation has suspended the loan scheme to produce
new films under National Film Development Fund.
the Corporation had to suspend it since most of the Film Directors
and Producers had defaulted. Ravindra Randeniya, Malini Fonseka,
Tony Ranasingha, Stanley Perera and some of the other actors and
actress also spoke.
Robin Fernando, Sureni Senerath, Nadeeka Gunasekera, Geetha Kumarasinghe
were too present on the occasion. - Ranjith Bandara Attanayake