When Australian-born director Benjamin Gilmour was travelling through Pakistan's wild North West frontier, he heard the story of a boy who wanted an education rather than to help his father test hand guns. Gilmour learned the Pashto language and, over an eight-month period, developed his script, Son Of A Lion.
Sher Alam Afridi and his son Niaz live in the wild passes of the North West Frontier Province of Pakistan on the border with Afghanistan. Niaz never knew his mother as she died when he was an infant. Like most men in the village of Darra, Sher Alam has a workshop making weapons, ranging from small arms to the ubiquitous AK47. He expects that one day Niaz will take over the family business. Niaz is 11 years old and works each day with Sher Alam in the workshop but Niaz is bored with the daily routine and doesn't have an affinity with his father's craft. His uncle Baktiyar who lives in the capital Peshawar has been talking about Niaz enrolling in school and that is what Niaz also wants, but Sher Alam is vehemently opposed to the idea.
Niaz is sent to Peshawar for a dental appointment where he has his first visit to the cinema. His uncle also arranges for him to meet with the boys at a local school. Back in Darra, tension builds between father and son. When a boy is badly injured by a falling bullet, the situation reaches crisis point.
Rating: (PG) 1hr 40m
Director: Benjamin Gilmour
Cast: Niaz Khan Shinwari, Sher Alam Miskeen Ustad
Title: Son of a Lion
When: Sat 11th Oct 6.45pm & Sun 12th Oct 4.30pm
Adults $12.00; Concessions $9.00; Member/Child $8.50
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Art-House, foreign and commercial films are screened Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Phone: 5475 7777
Office hours 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday and one hour prior to show times.
Centenary Square, Currie Street, Nambour
2008 Film Club Memberships - available now
Membership entitlements include:
*Discounted tickets to every movie - adult tickets are normally $12, however when you show your membership card, you receive your ticket for $8.50
*2 free movie tickets - these tickets can be used by you or you are welcome to invite a friend to use these free tickets at any session over the year, however they cannot be used on the first Sunday of each month which is Film Club Night
*Monthly newsletter - posted to members at the end of each month which lists the movies and screening dates for the upcoming movies. The newsletter also has movie reviews and any information relevant for Film Club members
*Invitation to Film Club Nights - on the first Sunday of each month we hold a special function for Film Club members which include a screening of an art-house movie and a catered get-together where you are offered a complimentary glass of wine. Additional glasses can be purchased at just $4.50 per glass, alternatively the bar is open for beer and other alcoholic beverages.
* Invitation to Film Discussion Groups - in-formal, fun discussions with like-minded movie goers
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