On a Thursday night in Sydney, 80 people decided to embrace their wild side.

The setting was the Paramount Recreation Club, and the event was the opening night of a one-off exhibition celebrating Disney’s new live-action Lion King, including behind-the-scenes imagery from the film. In part, the event was designed to support Protect the Pride, a Disney initiative in conjunction with the charity Lion Recovery Fund, which works to increase the number of lions in the wild.

Guests gathered on the rooftop terrace as the sun fell behind the city skyline. While DJ Vanessa Trifunovic provided the soundtrack, people slowly took in the photography on display and snacked on African-inspired canapés, such as fried okra, bofrot (a puffed doughnut popular in West Africa) and barbeque chicken skewers with homemade shito.

Throughout the rest of the weekend, people filtered in to see the rare portraits of The Lion King cast and striking wildlife photography.

This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with Disney.