October 14, 2020
In cinemas November 5

From the Award-winning filmmaker of Cedar Boys, Serhat Caradee’s new film A Lion Returns is an emotionally-charged and intense drama that reveals the impact of a returned Australian militant on his family and those closest to him. The film will be in cinemas across Australia from 5 November 2020.

A Lion Returns is an original story about a young man Jamal (Tyler De Nawi) returning home from the conflict in Syria. After experiencing the horrors of the battlefield in the Middle East and with a burgeoning indignation towards the west, Jamal must now face the consequences of his actions and abandoning his family. Wanting to see his dying mother, he first has to deal with his strong minded brother, his wife and most importantly his unforgiving father. Why has Jamal really come back? Is this a plan of his own or is he a confused pawn in a bigger global picture?

The film was shot remarkably in 10 days with a partly crowd-funded budget. The story unfolds in real-time revealing how each member of the family responds, relates and deals with Jamal’s reappearance.

A Lion Returns was officially selected for the 2020 Gold Coast Film Festival and was a finalist at the Gold Coast Film Festival’s Australian Indie Film Awards.

NOVEMBER 5, 2020


Trak Cinecentre

Wallis Mitcham


Gala Cinema Warrawong

Hoyts Bankstown

Hoyts Mount Druitt

Hoyts Wetherill Park

The Ritz Randwick


New Farm Cinema

NOVEMBER 9 + 14, 2020


Regent Cinemas Albury

NOVEMBER 11, 2020


Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace, followed by Q&A with Margaret Pomeranz

NOVEMBER 21, 2020


Majestic Cinemas Singleton

NOVEMBER 25, 2020


Dendy Canberra

NOVEMBER 26, 2020


The Regent Cinema, Murwillumbah

DECEMBER 2, 2020


Lido Cinemas

DECEMBER 3, 2020


Mount Vic Flicks

Majestic Cinemas Singleton

DECEMBER 4, 2020

Majestic Cinemas Singleton

DECEMBER 13, 2020

Star Court Theatre, Lismore






  1. Simon Duffield

    I saw this movie at a preview and found it very intense from beginning to end. Enthralling as it is about a subject which is relevant and one I know little about and told from different perspectives. Script, acting by the entire cast, and directing was first class. Highly recommended.

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