Uberto Pasolini - Director, Co-writer, Producer

Machan is Uberto Pasolini's first feature as a director.

Uberto has worked in films since 1983, starting as a runner in Thailand on The Killing Fields, and became an independent producer in 1994, when he founded Redwave Films.

Its first produced feature film was Palookaville, starring Vincent Gallo and directed by Alan Taylor.

Subsequently Uberto produced The Full Monty, which grossed over 250 million dollars internationally and remains to date the most successful UK picture at the UK box office of all those based on original material.

Amongst its many international awards, the film was named “Best Film” of 1997 by BAFTA.

Uberto also produced The Closer You Get, written by acclaimed television writer William Ivory and The Emperor’s New Clothes, starring Ian Holm.

Conchita Airoldi - Producer

Conchita Airoldi is an experienced Italian producer, having worked in the audiovisual and movie field for more than 25 years. Her movies earned several Awards and Nominations in Italy and abroad (David di Donatello, César, Golden Globes and Oscars among them) She has been involved as producer or executive producer in many international co-productions, starting with Peter Greenaway's The Belly of an Architect, then working with the likes of Julie Taymor on Titus up to the latest Ne te retourne pas starring Monica Bellucci and Sophie Marceau.

For two years, from 2004, she was the CEO of StudioCanalUrania, the Italian branch of StudioCanal, which later became StudioUrania.

Prasanna Vithanage - Producer

Prasanna Vithanage is a gifted and innovative film director. His five features to date have won numerous festival prizes around the world and many Sri Lanka Film Critics Awards. His fourth feature Purahanda Kaluwara (Death on a Full Moon Day) is the most successful film in more than half a century of Sri Lanka cinema.

He is currently working on his 6th feature, a story of a forgotten actress who comes to terms with her past.

Ruwanthie de Chickera - Co-writer

Ruwanthie is an award winning playwright, screen writer and theatre director. Her plays have been produced in Sri Lanka, the UK, Japan, India, Australia and the Philippines. Her first play won the British Council International New Playwriting award in 1997 and was the first Sri Lankan play to be performed in London’s West End (at the Royal Court Theatre). In 2000 she was awarded the Gratiaen Prize for best creative writing in Sri Lanka and in 2005 was Chairperson of the Gratiaen Judging Panel. She is recipient of the 2001 Presidential Scholarship for theatre from the govt of Sri Lanka and the 2006 Theatre Pasta award for her contribution to international theatre.

Ruwanthie has an Honours degree in English Literature from Colombo University and a First Class Masters in Applied Theatre from Manchester University. She is a former member of the National Drama Panel of Sri Lanka and a Visiting Lecturer at the National University for Performing and Visual Arts. She also teaches English Literature at a Secondary girls school. In 2001, Ruwanthie co-founded the youth theatre company ‘Stages Theatre Group’ of Sri Lanka. She continues to be its artistic director.

She was born in 1975. She lives in Colombo with her husband and two daughters.

“Machan” is Ruwanthie’s first screenplay.

Stefano Falivene - Director of Photography

Stefano Falivene recently photographed the award winning Anche Libero Va Bene (Along the Ridge) which earned him the Best Cinematographer Award at the Copenhagen International Film Festival. Other film credits include Abel Ferrera's Mary, Costas Kapakas' Uranya and Fulvio Ottaviano's Una Talpa al Bioparco.

Masahiro Hirakubo - Editor

Masahiro Hirakubo began his career editing BBC documentary strands including Everyman, Horizon and Under the Sun. In 1994 he left to work on Danny Boyle's Shallow Grave followed by Trainspotting, A Life Less Ordinaary and The Beach. Other film credits include Alan Taylor's The Emperor's New Clothes and Saul Dibb's Bullet Boy. He is currently collaborating with Saul Dibb again on The Duchess starring Keira Knightley.

Errol Kelly - Production Designer

Sri Lankan Production Designer and Art Director Errol Kelly's many credits include Deepa Mehta's Water, the location shoot of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Jungle Book II, Mother Teresa and Indochine. His work has also been nominated for the 2006 GENIE Prix Awards, the Canadian equivalent to the Oscars.