Lion

A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.
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Credits: TheMovieDb.

Film Cast:

  • Saroo Brierley: Dev Patel
  • Lucy: Rooney Mara
  • John Brierley: David Wenham
  • Sue Brierley: Nicole Kidman
  • Guddu: Abhishek Bharate
  • Mantosh Brierley: Divian Ladwa
  • Kamla Munshi: Priyanka Bose
  • Saroj Sood: Deepti Naval
  • Noor: Tannishtha Chatterjee
  • Rama: Nawazuddin Siddiqui
  • Young Saroo Brierley: Sunny Pawar
  • Young Mantosh: Keshav Jadhav
  • Waiter: Benjamin Rigby
  • Cafe Man: Riddhi Sen
  • Amita: Rita Boy
  • Sami: Arka Das
  • Annika: Emilie Cocquerel
  • Bharat: Sachin Joab
  • Swarmina: Menik Gooneratne
  • Cute Bar Maid: Anna Samson
  • Luke: Eamon Farren
  • Workmate #1: Tegan Crowley
  • Lucy’s Friend: Belinda Misevski
  • Lucy’s Friend: Lucy Moir

Film Crew:

  • Executive Producer: Bob Weinstein
  • Executive Producer: Harvey Weinstein
  • Hairstylist: Paul Pattison
  • Executive Producer: David Glasser
  • Screenplay: Luke Davies
  • Producer: Emile Sherman
  • Producer: Iain Canning
  • Line Producer: Libby Sharpe
  • Editor: Alexandre de Franceschi
  • Director of Photography: Greig Fraser
  • Dialogue Editor: Glenn Newnham
  • Line Producer: Pravesh Sahni
  • Production Design: Chris Kennedy
  • Producer: Angie Fielder
  • Digital Intermediate: Simon Alberry
  • Executive Producer: Andrew Fraser
  • Original Music Composer: Dustin O’Halloran
  • Executive Producer: Daniel Levin
  • Original Music Composer: Volker Bertelmann
  • Director: Garth Davis
  • Set Decoration: Nicki Gardiner
  • Costume Design: Cappi Ireland
  • Casting: Kirsty McGregor
  • Camera Operator: Warwick Field
  • Prosthetic Makeup Artist: Larry Van Duynhoven
  • Art Department Coordinator: Erica Brien
  • Visual Effects Producer: Ineke Majoor
  • Foley: Adam Connelly
  • Sound Designer: Robert Mackenzie
  • Sound Effects Editor: James Ashton
  • VFX Supervisor: Julian Dimsey
  • Book: Saroo Brierley
  • Animation: Guillaume Roux
  • Foley: Alex Francis
  • Music Supervisor: Jemma Burns
  • Casting Associate: Maribeth Fox
  • Costume Supervisor: Riyaz Ali Merchant
  • Key Makeup Artist: Kamlesh U. Shinde
  • Steadicam Operator: Andrew AJ Johnson
  • Sound Recordist: Andrew Ramage
  • Aerial Camera (suggest in addition to Helicopter Camera): Peter Beeh
  • Visual Effects Supervisor: Sid Jayakar
  • Music Editor: Tim Ryan
  • Key Makeup Artist: Luize Joyce Margaret
  • CG Supervisor: Avi Goodman
  • Visual Effects Coordinator: Rebecca Vujanovic
  • Casting: Tess Joseph
  • Set Decoration: Seema Kashyap
  • Script Supervisor: Guy Strachan
  • Music Editor: Francesco Le Metre
  • Key Costumer: Barbara Pinn
  • Gaffer: Ramesh Sadrani
  • First Assistant Camera: Sunny Wilding
  • Animation: Timothy Jeffs
  • Key Makeup Artist: Kirsten Veysey
  • First Assistant Editor: Maria Papoutsis
  • Associate Producer: Karen Sproul
  • Associate Producer: Simone Nicholson
  • Executive Producer: Shahen Mekertichian
  • Aerial Camera: Stephen Oh
  • Camera Operator: Ryley Brown

Movie Reviews:

  • djgri: An interesting true story. Film starts well and ends well. In the middle, there is a rapid acceleration from being a boy to being a man that misses out on a lot of an explanation as to how he ended up being the person he was. Quite boring in the middle of the film, which is a shame since the young actor was excellent.
  • Reno: **Lost in India, found in Australia!**

    Based on the book ‘A Long Way Home’ that tells the story of a young Indian boy who lost his brother in a railway station in the night and the next morning he woke up thousands kilometers away from home. Not knowing the language or the address and the names of his family, he struggled from various threats in the society. After that he got adopted from an Australian family and the rest of the film revolved on his true identity. Haunted by his past, how he rediscovered his originality was emotionally told.

    Very impressive film. The families should not miss it. Even though it is a must see by all ages. I am not a big fan of Dev’s performances, even in his debut film ‘Slumdog Millionaire’. After that success, he had survived in the film industry doing decent roles, for like a decade. But it was ‘The Man Who Knew Infinity’ that changed his career. For the first time I liked him very much in that, and again he was pretty impressive in this. The second best performance in his career. Though his part comes only after the half way mark. Yet in that one hour, he did great, particularly in the sentiments.

    I was wondering why it was called ‘Lion’. And I got answered only just before the end credit. So you should be patient to learn why, if you are yet to see it. It was not until the 90s the India began to see a real change. This story takes place in the mid 80s, only the opening half and those parts were raw and cruel, especially in the eyes of an 8 year old boy. That kid was so good. Just like Jacom Tremblay, a year before who impressed us with his performance from the film ‘Room’.

    It was a feature film debut for the director and he was wonderful in this attempt. The film splits into two, the first half was about lost and the following half is about finding the road back to the home. Less dialogues, but well written in those necessary parts. The music was good. Only negative was the film was out of depth. Yeah, all the events were like fast forward. If they had focused on details, the narration would have reached at least 3 hours. Especially I wanted the Australian mother’s perspective on how she went through to raise those kids.

    Now I’m waiting for the 2020. I mean 2008 was SDM, 2012 was LoP and 2016 was this one. The 4 years later, surely there will be another India related western film would come. Despite this film nominated for the 6 Oscars, it had won nothing. That’s very sad. Overall, I strongly suggest it. One of the best films of the Year.

    _9/10_

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