The Joyous Farmer takes you on a journey to an unforgiving rural wilderness and into a man’s soul...

Ratnapala is an impoverished and alcoholic farmer living in Sri Lanka's dry zone.
Having sold all his possessions to drown his sorrows, he lacks industry and motivation.
His environment is desolate and his future is bleak.

During a chance encounter with a government official, he is prescribed an experimental drug to enhance his work ethic.
At first stimulated by the pill’s unusual effect, Ratnapala soon finds himself somewhere he’d never imagined.

Filmed entirely on-location in Sri Lanka’s arid wild, The Joyous Farmer perfectly captures the land’s cruel harshness and indifference.
Taking on an evocative fable-like quality, it tells a tale of intoxication, man against nature and predetermination.

Ratnapala Arun Welandawe-Prematilleke
The Doctor Thushara Hettihamu


**Winner - Best Short Film - Jaffna International Cinema Festival, 2016**

Sound Recordist Gustavo Obrecht
Driver Nihal Mathugama
Driver Mr. Gooneratne

Production Assistants
Kanthan Gunaratnam
Nithyanandarajah Nirunthan
Yukithan Thirukkovil
Raman Kajendran

Written and Directed by Hiran Balasuriya
Based on a short story by Anuk Arudpragasam
Produced by Simon Ryninks
Director of Photography Dino Dimopoulos
1st Assistant Director/Camera Towa Noel Shimizu
Art Director Thilini Perera
Production Coordinator Prashanthan Nithyanandarajah
Development Executive Joe Brace
Associate Producer Kian O’Grady



Editor Hiran Balasuriya

Music and Sound Design Sami El-Enany

VFX by Andy Goodman  and Martin Lye
Sound Editor Charlie Denholm
Colourist Richard Vaux
Titles and Credits by Asvajit Boyle
Translation by Janaka Balasuriya
Concept Art by Kavan Balasuriya


Thanks to
Madhura Prematilleke
Jennifer Henricus
Rohan Balasuriya
Alex Berry
Jason Dimopoulos
Hanna Jedrosz
Zak Klein
Matthew Maria Davies
Alastair Gellan