In LION, five-year-old Saroo gets lost on a train travelling away from his home and family. Frightened and bewildered, he ends up thousands of miles away, in chaotic Kolkata. Somehow he survives living on the streets, escaping all sorts of terrors and close calls in the process, before ending up in an orphanage that is itself not exactly a safe haven. Eventually Saroo is adopted by an Australian couple, and finds love and security as he grows up in Hobart. Not wanting to hurt his adoptive parents feelings, he suppresses his past, his emotional need for reunification, and his hope of ever finding his lost mother and brother. But a chance meeting with some fellow Indians reawakens his buried yearning. With just a small store of memories, and the help of a new technology called Google Earth, Saroo embarks on one of the greatest needle-in-a-haystack quests of modern times.from£6.49 | RRP:
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- 22 May 2017
- Garth Davis
- Entertainment in Video
- 114 minutes
Garth Davis directs this drama based on a true story. The film follows the remarkable journey of Indian orphan Saroo Brierley (Sunny Pawar/Dev Patel) who, after becoming lost on the streets of Calcutta at five-years-old, is adopted by Australian couple John and Sue Brierley (David Wenham and Nicole Kidman). 25 years later in Australia, Saroo, with the help of his girlfriend Lucy (Rooney Mara), turns to the Internet and Google Earth to finally find and reconnect with his mother, Kamla Mushi (Priyanka Bose), and the rest of his true family. The film was nominated for four Golden Globe Awards including Best Motion Picture - Drama, Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Patel), and Best Original Score - Motion Picture (Dustin O'Halloran/Volker Bertelmann) and six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Patel) and Best Supporting Actress (Kidman). The film was also nominated for five BAFTAs, winning for Best Supporting Actor (Patel) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Davies).
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