Melbourne Actor, Singer Songwriter Shivantha Wijesinha has landed a role in the recently released Netflix movie Funny Boy.

Filmed in Sri Lanka, the storyline follows a young Tamil boy coming to terms with his homosexuality against the backdrop of the increased tensions between Tamil and Sinhalese people before the breakout of the Sri Lankan Civil War. Shivantha plays the character Jegan however, it’s not his first acting gig with a number of movies already to his credit. He’s also had roles in Australian productions including Kath & Kim,The Librarians, Carla Carmetti along with some commercials.

Although the movie has had a mixed response from critics it has been selected to represent Canada at the 2021 Oscars for Best International Feature Film. Finalist nominations will be decided in Feb for the prestigious awards. The films director Deepa Mehta is an Indo/Canadian with many credits and distinctions for her previous work.

Shivantha’s other passion music can be described as “contemporary” that offers nice melodic structures and arrangements with a very pleasant listenable voice. His songs are available on all digital platforms and I must say it was quite enjoyable to hear both his musicianship and voice. A total package if you like.

Having lived in the UK, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong and Australia for much of my youth, I grew up a child of the world, and then moved to New York, where I released my first album “Words From Not Long Ago” in 2014 says Shivantha.

So take all that on board along with the fact that he is a qualified Barrister. WOW! How many hats can he wear?

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Rob Foenander
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