Saturday, 9 June 2012

African Cats (film)

African Cats is essentially a nature documentary but one that has been tightly edited in such a way as to make it feel more like a story-based film. It was filmed on the Maasai Mara nature reserve in Kenya where a cheetah who has been named Sita, and a lioness who has been named Laila, are trying to raise their cubs and teach them skills essential for their survival.

The film was written by Keith Scholey who also directs alongside Alastair Fothergill. It is beautifully shot with stunning scenery and cinematography. However, this is a Disney production intended for a predominantly younger audience so, while we do get to see chases and hunting, any killing scenes are cut before they get too graphic. Samuel L Jackson does an excellent job of the narration, 'humanising' the animals enough to get viewers rooting for them to succeed in their struggle against their environment.

Some of the proceeds from African Cats are being donated to the African Wildlife Foundation, an American charity which is attempting to preserve Kenya's Amboseli Wildlife Corridor.

Hailsham Pavilion, £6.50 (£5.00 concs).
Thu 28th June, 14:15, 19:45.
Sat 30th June, 11:00, 14:15.

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