Lion is a film released at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival and is based on Saroo Brierley's autobiographical novel, A Long Way Home. It is director Garth Davis' debut film and about a 30-year-old man who was adopted at the age of 5 in India and now lives in Australia, who travels back to India, in an attempt to discover his real identity and his long lost family. The film is based on the true story of Saroo Brierley, although some artistic license was given in order to adapt the story into a motion picture.
The film received an outpour of support and praise from around the world, with Saroo's story touching the heart of millions worldwide. Accordingly, Lion received two BAFTA awards, for Dev Patel as Best Supporting Actor and Luke Davies for Best Adapted Screenplay. Despite not winning any of the 6 Oscar nominations it received, the film went onto amass $140.3 million worldwide so proved itself to be a great success.
Garth Davis is an Australian director, focusing on both film and television. In 2008, Davis' television commercial for Schweppes titled 'Burst' won the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity's Gold Lion. Davis also received the Award for Outstanding Directing - First Feature Film from the Directors Guild of America in 2016.