Son of a Lion

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Son of a Lion

Venue Raffertys Theatre
Dates 07 October 2013

A documentary by Benjamin Gilmour

A remarkable tale of an apprentice gunsmith told by an Australian film-maker and Pakistani villagers.

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.

Classification: PG

Dates & Times:
7:00pm, Monday 7 October 2013

Members $7, Non-Members $12*
*Transaction fees may apply


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92 minutes

Ticket Prices

Members $7
Non-Members $12

Transaction fees apply

Phone $4.60
Web $3.60
Counter $2.60
Screen $1.65
School Bookings $3.30