Lion (2016 Film)

Production

This Australian film[5] is based on Saroo Brierley's memoir A Long Way Home.

While writing the screenplay, Screenwriter Luke Davies acknowledged the challenges of adapting a book that is primarily about an online search.

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In October 2014, Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman were cast in the film for the lead roles, although they were nominated in supporting categories.[7] In January 2015, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Priyanka Bose, Tannishtha Chatterjee, and Deepti Naval joined the cast.[8] In April 2015, Rooney Mara, David Wenham, and Divian Ladwa also joined the cast.[9] Pallavi Sharda also joined the film's cast to play Saroo's friend.[10] Hauschka and Dustin O'Halloran composed the film's score.[11]

Filming

Principal photography on the film began in January 2015 in Kolkata, India.[8] In mid-April, filming moved to Australia, in Melbourne and then to several locations in Tasmania, including Hobart.[12] Kidman filmed her scenes in Australia.[9][13]


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