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Acclaimed rescue movie ‘Lion Ark’ roars into London for free screening at the RHS

Posted: 15 August 2017. Updated: 21 August 2017

The award winning rescue documentary Lion Ark - the story of the dramatic rescue of 25 lions from circuses in Bolivia – returns to London for a free screening at the Royal Horticultural Halls on Saturday 19th August. The acclaimed film, which will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers and rescue team leaders, forms part of ‘This is our world’, a charity event raising awareness about wildlife and conservation through a unique collection of life-size paintings and series of talks.

WHEN: Saturday 19th August, 5:00pm
WHERE: Royal Horticultural Halls, 80 Vincent Square, Westminster, London SW1P 2PE

More action adventure than traditional documentary, Lion Ark follows the story of how a shocking exposé led to Bolivia banning animal circuses. Circuses defy the law but are tracked down by Animal Defenders International (ADI), animals saved and a joyous finale sees 25 lions airlifted to freedom.

Lion Ark Director Tim Phillips said: “We wanted people to experience a frontline animal rescue, both the challenges and the joy. The film tackles a serious issue, but is exciting and leaves people with a smile on their face, knowing they can make a difference as they see the lives of these animals transform.”

The critically acclaimed movie, which premiered at the Raindance Film Festival in London, took film festivals by storm winning 11 awards and an NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding International Motion Picture – the first time for an animal protection film in the prestigious civil rights awards. "Feel-good movie of the year!” Reel Talk; “Compelling cinema verité” Hollywood Reporter; “Refreshing” New York Times; “Five Stars, Unmissable…. Born Free with balls on” Britflicks.

Prior to the screening on Saturday 19th August, filmmakers and rescue team leaders Jan Creamer and Tim Phillips will also talk about the latest rescue – Operation Spirit of Freedom - where over 100 wild animals were saved from circuses and the illegal wildlife trade in Peru and Colombia. This culminated in a massive airlift of more than 30 lions, from South American circuses, home to Africa. The talk titled “Operation Spirit of Freedom - saving Peru’s circus animals” will be held from 2-4pm.

Donate towards ADI’s life-saving work here.

Find out more about Lion Ark and watch the trailer here.

Click here for further details of ‘This is our world’, organised by Artworld Conservation.

Media contact: Devon Prosser | 020 7630 3344 or 07785 552548 |

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