DISNEY’S remake of The Lion King has been making headlines around the world especially for its cutting edge visual effects – the first trailer for the new film had over 57 million views.

But what many people may not know is that this summer blockbuster has a unique Christchurch connection. The film’s visual effects supervisor, Elliot Newman grew up in Christchurch and attended the Priory School and Twynham School. Now he is back in his home town at the Regent Centre tomorrow night at 6.30pm, talking about his life and career which includes helping to win the Oscar and BAFTA for The Jungle Book in 2017. His latest film The Lion King is already being tipped as an Oscar contender for 2020.

Elliot who works for MPC on behalf of Disney, says his interest in cinema special effects began at the Regent when his parents, who still live in the town, took him to see films like Twister and Jurassic Park.

Since then, Elliot has forged a successful career working on box office blockbusters like Guardians of the Galaxy, Maleficent, Godzilla, 47 Ronin, The Lone Ranger and Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.

Regent general manager, Felicity Porter said: “We are thrilled to be able to welcome Elliot to the Regent Centre and back to his hometown for this unique opportunity to meet a real star of the international film industry.”

The Lion King (PG) will be screened at 4pm and 8pm tomorrow and will continue its run at the centre until Thursday, August 15. Tickets: Elliot's talk is £5 which includes a Q&A session. Film tickets to be purchased separately.