Laleen Jayamanne taught Cinema Studies at the University of Sydney. Her
undergraduate education was in Sri Lanka and she has a Masters in Drama
from New York University and a Ph.D. in film from the University of New
South Wales, on "The Positions of Women in the Sri Lankan Cinema;
She is the author "The Epic Cinema of Kumar Shahani" (Indiana University
Press, 2015) and "The Poetic Cinema and the Spirit of the Gift in the Films of
Pabst, Paradjanov, Kubrick and Ruiz" (Amsterdam University Press, 2021).