Listen to the Lion
Directed byHenri Safran
Written byRobert Hill
Produced byRobert Hill
StarringWyn Roberts
CinematographyMalcolm Richards
Edited byMervyn Lloyd
Music byMichael Carlos
Stockton Ferri Films
Release date
5 September 1977
Running time
52 mins

Listen to the Lion is a 1977 short feature from Australia.


A Sydney derelict lies drunk in an alley and is beaten up by thugs. A friend helps him find refuge in a night shelter. As he lies dying he has a vision of himself flying about the room. The man dies and after the cremation of his corpse, his spirit returns to the footpath.



The film was written by Robert Hill, a former journalist who spent months researching the life of homeless people in Sydney. A substantial portion of the budget was provided by the General Production Fund of the Australian Film Commission.[1]


The film won Greater Union Award for Best Fiction Film at the 1977 Sydney Film Festival and the Robert Mamoulian Award for the most distinguished Australian short film.[1]

Although shot before Storm Boy (1976), also directed by Henri Safran, it was not released until after that film.


  1. ^ a b c Andrew Pike and Ross Cooper, Australian Film 1900–1977: A Guide to Feature Film Production, Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1998, 318.