2018-04-30 15:16:01 UTC
He stopped directing in 2006, but he wrote one more movie - last year! It was released this month, on his birthday.
One of his more famous movies (both written and directed) was "The Line of Destiny" (1956).
About that one:
"A sprawling portrait of rural life in Sri Lanka; the story revolves around a boy and his friend--a blind girl who he accidentally 'heals' by giving her sight. Though the girl believes the boy healed her, in reality the boy has no such powers. The father of the boy fools the village folk into believing he's a healer, but ultimately the sham is exposed, causing the village to revolt against the boy and his family."
The Sri Lankan film-maker Lester James Peries, who has died aged 99, was, like his Indian contemporary Satyajit Ray, more highly regarded abroad than in his native country. His career was dominated by a constant struggle to obtain finance and, during 50 years directing features, he completed only 18 films. These were described by his friend and champion Lindsay Anderson as “works of Chekhovian grace”...
(about the last movie he wrote - a fantasy)
(short video from his last birthday, this month)
(more videos, including one of his funeral)