If you fancy yourself as something of a cinematic thrill seeker Golden Age Cinema have the perfect film for you. The theatre is set to host both the Australian premiere and ONLY Sydney screenings of the remastered re-release of the 1981 film Roar, a film that set the bar absurdly high for injuries on set.
Roar sees director Noel Marshall and his real life family (including his wife Tippi Hedren, and her daughter Melanie Griffith play a family living in South Africa, sharing their home with over 100 lions, tigers, leopards and other very wild, VERY dangerous animals. Production of the film dragged on for 11 years and cost a total of $17 million, a side effect of the 70 members of the cast and crew who were injured on set while shooting the film.
Most famously, cinematographer Jan de Bont was scalped by a lion and required 220 stitches, Hedren suffered a fractured leg after falling from an elephant and was also bitten in the neck by a lion, Griffith required facial reconstructive surgery after an attack, and Marshall was mauled so many times that he eventually contracted gangrene.
If all this sounds appealing, and you’re still keen to see the film that Complex calls “like watching a live action Lion King as Mufasa holds a switchblade to your throat”, book your tickets now and get ready for a rumble in the jungle. Roar will screen at Golden Age Cinema on Friday 15 May at 9pm, Saturday 16 May at 6pm and 8.30pm, and Friday 22 May at 9pm. Tickets can be purchased via Golden Age’s website.