Anton Leach and Jasmine Duthie

The World Festival Premiere of investigative documentary Lions, Bones & Bullets took place last Monday, 21 June, at the 60th Monte-Carlo Television Festival in Monaco. Despite the severe COVID-19 travel and attendance restrictions, the Camille Blanc Hall in the Grimaldi Forum saw celebrities, journalists and locals alike attend the first public screening of the film. All were unanimous in their praise for Lions, Bones & Bullets. 

Unfortunately the Investigator, Producer and Protagonist of Lions, Bones & Bullets, Richard Peirce, could not make it for the premiere due to COVID-19 restrictions in the UK on travelling abroad, but the remaining two filmmakers, Writer and Producer Jasmine Duthie and Director and Director of Photography Anton Leach crossed half the globe from South Africa to be at the festival, present the film and meet with press and fans. 

Highlights from the week included a lively moderated Questions & Answers session as part of the premiere. Diverse questions were raised such as which countries to look out for creating new lion farming models if the lion export industry in South Africa is finally brought to an end in the coming years. The success of the premiere proved that wildlife conservation is a topic of interest and discussion even on the red carpet in Monte-Carlo. 

The festival premiere of Lions, Bones & Bullets was hosted by the Monte-Carlo Television Festival as part of a partnership with Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, who are among the supporters of the film. 

Lions, Bones & Bullets is a documentary that thoroughly investigates the link between lion farming in South Africa and the demand for lion bones in Southeast Asia. Investigator Richard Peirce uncovers an elaborate international wildlife fraud with an annual turnover of nearly 100 million U.S. dollars. At a time when the world is paralysed by a pandemic that came to humans via wild animals, Lions, Bones & Bullets reveals how shockingly easy it is to legally develop an expanding wildlife farming industry, and then transport potentially deadly disease carried by its produce from one end of the world to the other. 

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