Christchurch Oscar winner talks about his Lion King

THE visual effects supervisor on Disney’s new photorealistic version of The Lion King will be on home ground when he comes to talk to audiences at Christchurch Regent Centre on Saturday 10th August.

Elliot Newman, who was Visual Effects Supervisor on the new Lion King movie, who grew up in Christchurch, watching films like Twister and Jurassic Park at the Regent. He will be giving a talk on his life, career, helping to win the Oscar and BAFTA for the re-make of The Jungle Book in 2017 and working on The Lion King, the hit film of this summer.

The new film, which has a star-studded voice-cast and has attracted critical acclaim, will be shown at the Regent from Friday 9th to Thursday 15th August and Elliot will be giving his talk at 6.30pm on Saturday 10th August, so film fans can attend either the 4pm or 8pm showings on Saturday and meet Elliot.

The story, familiar from the earlier animated film (1994) and the very successful stage musical, revolves around the lion cub Simba, who idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny on the plains of Africa. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother — and former heir to the throne — has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is soon ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a pair of newfound friends, Simba must figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.

The leading characters are played by Donald Glover (Simba), Beyonce (Nala, Simba’s childhood friend), James Earl Jones (Mufasa) and Chiwetel Ojiofor (Scar).

To find out more about the film and talk, telephone 01202 499199 or visit the website,

Pictured: Eliot winning the BAFTA  and with the Oscar for Jungle Book; a scene from The Lion King.