Russell Crowe a special guest but spotlight on Bindi Irwin
HE IS used to being the star of the big screen but on Sunday night, Russell Crowe had to take a back seat to Bindi Irwin at Australia Zoo for the national premiere of Return to Nim's Island.
In her first cinema-release feature film, Bindi plays the role of Nim, a young girl battling to save her beloved island home and the wildlife she shares it with.
It is the perfect role for the wildlife advocate.
The red carpet was filled with celebrities, including co-star Toby Wallace, author Wendy Orr and surprise guest Russell Crowe, as they joined the community in Australia Zoo's Crocoseum.
"To be able to share this movie with so many others who are passionate wildlife warriors is a real blessing and I hope when people watch they accidentally learn something along the way about wildlife, conservation and the true meaning of family," Bindi said.
"Nim seems to be like the ultimate wildlife warrior and she's just incredible.
"Wendy (Orr) has created such a beautiful, enthusiastic, amazing person in Nim and I was so honoured to be able to play that role."
Return to Nim's Island will be released in cinemas for the Easter school holidays.