The familial bond between Omar and his brother was something I really loved reading and felt would be really interesting to translate on screen.
Quoting Antonio Aakeel (Tomb Raider, Three Girls (TV)) on one of the reasons why he wanted to be part of Eaten by Lions, the new Jason Wingard (In Another Life, Going to Mecca) film. We couldn’t have described the movie better ourselves.
It’s indeed about the familial and great bond between two half-brothers who are set on an adventure searching for Omar’s long-missing father.
Their quest has been made into this, a very open and heartening movie about why a loving and caring family is the best thing in the world.
As mentioned before, Eaten by Lions is about the Omar, Antonio Aakeel and Pete, Jack Carroll (Trollied (TV), Doctors (TV)) looking for Omar’s dad because of a letter left by their beloved Gran, Stephanie Fayerman (Casualty (TV), Screenplay) who has sadly just died.
During her life, she kept some secrets about Omar’s father but in her last letter she confessed she knew much more than she let on.
It turns out Omar was the “result” of one steamy night between his mother and an unknown man. Bagged with his birth certificate, his mother’s diary, a photograph from that particular night and with his grandmother’s urn, Omar is determined to finally meet the man he can call his father.
Together with Pete, he sets off to Blackpool where their hunt begins. However, it will take them so much further than they initially thought. Their journey will bring them joy, happiness but also sadness and insecurity.
Will Omar be able to find his father or did the identity of the mystery man die with the lovely Gran?
According to Akeel, Blackpool is such an interesting place and that indeed really shined through the movie. First of all, it’s the eclectic bunch of people you will see in both the movie as probably in real life as well.
Eaten by Lions is a diverse film, from the leading characters, but also the people they meet during their trip: from Indian people with their colourful culture to the crazy fortune teller to the lovely British girls. Because of this, the film really gets a multicultural and vivid vibe.