Location Scout Spotlight: Sri Lanka, Formerly Ceylon
Exploring the exotic country of Sri Lanka from a location scout’s point of view…
Take the Noor & Mohannad trail to exotic Sri Lanka – Al-Bawaba
The first ever (officially recorded) foreign film shot on location in Ceylon (as Sri Lanka was then known) was Carol Reed’s “Outcast of the Islands” (1951). Six years later, Sir David Lean chose Sri Lanka to shoot his 1957 Oscar winning movie ‘The Bridge on the River Kwai’ with Sir Alec Guinness in the lead more films and tele-series down the line …. John Derek shot “Tarzan the Ape Man” (1981) in Sri Lanka with his wife Bo Derek in the lead. …
Sri Lanka, officially the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, is an island country in the northern Indian Ocean off the southern coast of the Indian subcontinent in South Asia. Known until 1972 as Ceylon, Sri Lanka has maritime borders with India to the northwest and the Maldives to the southwest.
Sri Lanka’s documented history spans three thousand years. Its location and deep harbours provided great strategic importance from the time of the ancient Silk Road through to World War II. Sri Lanka is the home of many religions, ethnicities and languages. The first Buddhist writings occurred on the island. The Sinhalese people are the majority. The many ethnic minorities include Tamils, Muslim Moors, Burghers, Kaffirs, Malays and the aboriginal Vedda people. The country’s recent history has been marred by a 3-decade inter-ethnic conflict which decisively but controversially ended in a military victory in 2009.