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OUTDOOR SCREENING - The Lion King

The Circle of Life 

Year: 1994 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 
Certificate: BBFC U Cert – Universal 
Subtitles: This film is not expected to be subtitled, though this cannot be guaranteed. 
Directed by Roger Allers & Rob Minkoff 
Starring: Matthew Broderick, Jeremy Irons, James Earl Jones  
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Review:

Unless you lived your childhood in a cave or under a stone, chances are that you’ll be familiar with the legend that is The Lion King. If you missed it when you were a kid, now’s your chance to catch up – and if you’ve seen it a dozen times already, don’t let that put you off seeing it for a thirteenth! The Lion King is truly a classic film that only improves with repeat viewings.

It may be a U Certificate and it may be a cartoon, but it is without a doubt not just for children. Dealing with complex subjects such as guilt, love, bereavement and pride (no pun intended!), The Lion King tells the story of young Prince Simba, from the triumphant celebration of his birth (anyone who has a cat must have tried holding him or her above their head while singing “Circle of Life”… if not, try it) and his contented cubhood with his father, King Mufasa, to… well, I wouldn’t want to give it away!

Suffice to say, this film is a real rollercoaster of emotions. Sing along with Timon and Pumba and the fantastic soundtrack but prepare yourself for some serious crying too! The Lion King is a King in its own right – a King in films. Will Simba return to Pride Rock to save Nala and the other lionesses from his uncle Scar’s tyranny? Whether you know the answer or not, I can guarantee that having seen this film before won’t stop you from enjoying every second of it. And watch out for some jokes that you may not have noticed or understood when you were six!

Liz Overton


The Lion King is the story of Simba, a young lion cub, tricked into exile after a terrible accident by his wicked uncle Scar (brought to life by Jeremy Irons at his best). He befriends two misfits and learns to live the simple life until he rediscovers an old friendship, and in falling in love is forced to face his past and reclaim his heritage, that of King!

As usual Disney have done wonders with animation, every character and scene are meticulous in their detail, surpassing most, if not all, the previous films in this element. The film is supported by a spine-tingling soundtrack (this from someone who most definitely doesn't like Elton John), and the characters are vocalised by such diverse actors as Whoopi Goldberg, Rowan Atkinson, Matthew Broderick and as already mentioned Jeremy Irons. Another great from Disney.

Teya Atkins

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2017/2018 Summer Term (digital)