Film Screening 13th April, 2021

Poster for A Lion Returns

A Lion Returns 

7:30 PM, 13th April, 2021

  • MA
  • 92 mins
  • 2020
  • Serhat Caradee
  • Tyler De Nawi, Danny Elacci, Helen Chebatte, Jacqui Purvis

** In accordance with ANU COVID-19 safety protocols, all attendees must pre-register before attending screenings. No walk-ins can be permitted under any circumstances, so please register to avoid disappointment. Registration forms will only open two weeks prior to the film's screening date, and will close at 12 PM on the day of the screening. **


Jamal Alamein (Tyler De Nawi) has just returned home to Australia to see his terminally-ill mother, after spending the last 18 months overseas fighting in Syria. After experiencing the horrors of the battlefield in the Middle East and with a burgeoning indignation towards the West, Jamal must now face the consequences of his actions and abandoning his family – who have since ostracised him and cast him aside.

Before he can see his dying mother, however, he must first convince his family – including his strong-minded older brother, his wife and most importantly his unforgiving father – that he is not a threat or a danger to them. But why has Jamal really come back? Is this a plan of his own or is he a confused pawn in a bigger global picture?

Unfolding in real time, A Lion Returns is a story about redemption, forgiveness and the consequences of your actions on loved ones and those you leave behind. Emotionally charged and intense, it has been heralded by critics as one of the boldest and most powerful Australian films of the year. Don’t believe them? Come and see it for yourself!