Son of A Lion

By September 11, 2013 Congratulations

Son of a Lion is a remarkable tale of an apprentice gunsmith told by an Australian film-maker and Pakistani villagers, and comes to Riverside Theatres on Monday 7th October 2013. The lion of Benjamin Gilmour’s film title is an old Afghan who was once a mujahideen and won’t let anyone forget it, his son, least of all. Now he’s a gunsmith in a Pakistan town on the North-West Frontier and his 11-year-old boy, Niaz, is his reluctant apprentice. He spends his days patiently mastering the intricacies of his father’s AK-47s when he would much rather be at school learning to read and write. He is not interested in following in his father’s footsteps by becoming a gun maker, he wants an education. Son of a Lion is a remarkable yet unassuming film, made by Gilmour, an Australian film-making novice, under the most trying conditions. Working without a permit in a Pashtun tribal area where film is seen by many as a suspect medium, he filmed with a small digital camera and disguised himself as a Pashtun.

The film was produced by Carolyn Johnson who is Metro Screen’s current Film Producing course tutor.

Where: Riverside Theatres, Cnr Church & Market Sts, Parramatta

Date & Time: Monday 7th October 2013 at 7pm

Cost: Members $7, Non-Members $12*

Bookings: Riverside Box Office on 8839 3399 or

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