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Directed by: Laleen Jayamanne


The film’s title refers not only to Basil Wright’s classic 1934 British documentary The Song of Ceylon but also to a name erased from the map of the world, for there is no longer any country officially named Ceylon. Invoking this idea of absence, A Song of Ceylon pursues a certain fantasy of the body, a somewhat abstract form of the body ‘in extremis’ – the narcissistic body, the masochistic body, the hysterical body…(NFSA,

Year: 1985
Category: Shorts
Country of origin: Australia