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Edward VIII: The Lion King (2013)

Recently released home movies shot by the controversial Edward VIII reveal the untold story of his extravagant safaris with the real life cast of "Out of Africa" in the late 1920s, complete... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Russell Boulter Russell Boulter ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bill Adams Bill Adams ... Himself - University of Cambridge (as Professor Bill Adams)
Ulf Aschan Ulf Aschan ... Himself - Bror Blixen's godson
Rupert Finch Hatton Rupert Finch Hatton ... Himself - Denys Finch Hatton's great great nephew
Colin Sayer Colin Sayer ... Himself - Harry Sayer's son
Tony Seth-Smith Tony Seth-Smith ... Himself - Former professional hunter
Errol Trzebinski Errol Trzebinski ... Herself - Denys Finch Hatton biographer
David Western David Western ... Himself - Chairman, African Conservation Fund (as Dr. David Western)
Sara Wheeler Sara Wheeler ... Herself - Denys Finch Hatton biographer
Philip Ziegler Philip Ziegler ... Himself - Edward VIII official biographer


Recently released home movies shot by the controversial Edward VIII reveal the untold story of his extravagant safaris with the real life cast of "Out of Africa" in the late 1920s, complete with adultery, champagne and specially built airstrips. At the height of the Great White Hunter era, Edward turned his back on big game hunting and championed conservation instead. Inspired by his safari guide, Denys Finch-Hatton - played by Robert Redford in the Oscar winning film - he put down his rifle and picked up a movie camera, pioneering the photographic safaris we all know today. Written by Anonymous

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28 May 2013 (UK) See more »

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Orphaned calf

I have just viewed Edward v111 the lion king. Even though this was filmed in the early decades of the 20th century, I was absolutely shocked at the cruelty of the "Tourists", I have not stopped crying since the killing of the charging Rhino and the look of fear and bewilderment of her calf. I was hoping that the narrator would inform the viewer about what actually happened to the calf. The king must have known that he was getting too close to the Rhino and her calf. Did the king and his sycophants just continue taking photos and then ending the day by drinking their Champagne, in other words just getting on with the holiday. Or did he do the right thing by getting it to a safe environment. I cannot get my head around the idea that the Royal family are wild life champions, but at the same time enjoy the blood of animals on their hands.Hypocritical to say the least.Can't fathom it out. I have certainly not changed my mind about Royalty and their abuse of wild life. Correct me if I'm wrong but was Harry and William not involved in Canned hunting, this was not published too much, in fear of bad press. Harry's girlfriend at the time belonged to a family that made a mint from canned hunting. The director/producer/ narrator left the viewer with a few questions. The king putting down his gun on Safari was a start. But I'm afraid it has not changed the hearts of his descendants.

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