The Last Lions
|The Last Lions|
|Directed by||Dereck Joubert|
|Narrated by||Jeremy Irons|
|Music by||Alex Wurman|
|National Geographic Films|
|Distributed by||Virgil Films|
|Running time||88 minutes|
The Last Lions is a 2011 African nature documentary film by National Geographic Society, videotaped and directed by Dereck and Beverly Joubert. The film premiered at the Palm Springs International Film Festival in January 2011 and was released in select theaters on February 18, 2011. The film follows in the tradition of other National Geographic big cat films, such as India: Land of the Tiger and Eye of the Leopard.
The film documentary focuses on a lioness named Ma di Tau ("Mother of Lions") as she battles to protect her cubs against the daunting onslaught of enemies to ensure their survival. The underlying message of the film is on the low population of large cats in the world and whether or not Ma di Tau and her cubs are among the last lions. The film is narrated by Jeremy Irons, who voiced Scar in Disney's 1994 animated film The Lion King. Irons also narrated Eye of the Leopard, a 2006 National Geographic film.
Roar: Lions of the Kalahari, another National Geographic film about lions was released in 2003, but in 2007 it was re-released as Lions 3D: Roar of the Kalahari and the film was narrated by James Garrett.
Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes reports that 87% of 38 professional critics have given the film a positive review, with a rating average of 7.3 out of 10. Rotten Tomatoes.
- "The Last Lions | 2011 Palm Springs Int'l Film Festival | Dereck Joubert | USA". psfilmfest.org. Retrieved January 13, 2011.
- Palatucci, Giovanna (December 6, 2010). "The Last Lions". National Geographic. Retrieved January 30, 2011.
- "The Last Lions - Official Movie Site - National Geographic Movies". Movies.nationalgeographic.com. Retrieved January 29, 2011.
- Joubert, Dereck (October 13, 2009). "Saving the Last Lions". The Washington Post. Retrieved January 13, 2011.
- "Across the Roof of Africa - Credits - National Geographic Channel- National Geographic Channel". Channel.nationalgeographic.com. Retrieved January 29, 2011.
- The Last Lions, official website
- The Last Lions at the Internet Movie Database
- The Last Lions, NPR, March 2, 2011
- The Last Lions, Radio France Internationale, February 2, 2012
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