…A Lion Returns (2020) is is slow paced, dialogue driven drama of a family in crisis. I was reminded of a carefully wrought stage play and found it deeply engrossing. The script achieves a high standard all too rare now in Australian film and TV drama. The direction is deft and the acting is consistently good

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A Lion Returns

3 APRIL:  7 pm
Drama
92 Mins | Australia | 2020 |

VENUE: VERANDAH ROOM
MALENY COMMUNITY CENTRE
23 MAPLE STREET MALENY 

In Serhat Caradee’s superbly crafted film, A Lion Returns, a young Muslim man, Jamal, who has returned to Australia after fighting with terrorists in Syria, seeks re-admittance into the suburban home of his parents, so that he can see his dying mother one final time. But first he has to run the gauntlet — a series of lacerating encounters with loved ones whom he betrayed with his decision to go overseas. Caradee (Cedar Boys, 2009) delivers a confronting domestic drama that electrifies a host of hot-button issues – extremism, terrorism, religious zealotry, national identity, betrayal and loyalty. He shows both sides of the argument through prolonged dialogue exchanges that are razor-sharp, heartfelt, sorrowful and raw.
All aspects of this low budget film, shot in 10 days, have received high accolades.
David Stratton (4.5/5 stars) – “it grabs you from the opening scene and never lets go.”

EVENING SCREENING
No need to book in advance
Doors Open at 6:00 pm for cabaret seating and pizza (pay by the slice), licensed bar, complimentary tea/coffee
Movie starts at 7:00 pm