Christian the Lion

Australians John Rendall and Anthony “Ace” Bourke purchase a lion from Herrod’s Department store’s zoo park. They take loving care of the animal until he is a year old. The two develop a close, heartwarming relationship with the lion.


As the lion becomes older, they feel they can no longer take care of him. Conservationist George Adamson then takes their beloved lion back into the wild. A year later, his former owners go to the jungle to see the lion they raised. But will he remember them?

The true story follows the baby lion’s life from a fashionable antique shop, Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna's home in the hills of Surrey, to a life in Africa with wild lions. Laughter and heartbreak ensue throughout this emotional film. Under the watchful eye of lion-man Adamson, it is clearly evident after watching four generations living in captivity, wild lions are born to be free.

Additional Info

  • Genre: Children
  • Starring: Bill Travers, Virginia McKenna
  • Year: 1976
  • Duration: 89 Minutes