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*VIDEO* Surrey couple’s Bolivian lion rescue set for cinemas

PUBLISHED: 21:05 22 November 2014 | UPDATED: 10:34 25 November 2014

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A critically-acclaimed documentary about a Walton-on-Thames couple’s rescue of 25 lions from Bolivian circuses, Lion Ark will enjoy a special viewing in Guildford before heading for a star studded gala night in Leicester Square.

Based on Jan Creamer and Tim Phillips’ lion rescue mission in Bolivia, the action adventure style documentary tells the story of the lions’ journey from suffering to freedom.

Produced and directed by the couple with crowd-funding and donations – including from CSI actress Jorja Fox – Lion Ark first screened at Raindance in London with a lively introduction by actor Brian Blessed.

The film picked up six awards on the international film festival circuit, as well as a nomination for an NAACP Image Award for outstanding international motion picture.

Lion Ark has a gala screening in Leicester Square on Saturday December 6, with special guests including Bill Oddie, Alexei Sayle and Gillian McKeith, but Guildford audiences will have the chance to see the film first at The Electric Theatre on Monday December 1.

• Lion Ark at The Electric Theatre, Onslow Street, Guildford GU1 4SZ on Monday December 1st at 8pm. Tickets here

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