Sunstar optioned the rights to LION and partnered with Academy Award winning production company See-Saw Films, to produce this remarkable story. See-Saw Films producers Emile Sherman and lain Canning won the Oscar for THE KING’S SPEECH.
LION is adapted from the novel “A Long Way Home” by Saroo Brierley. It is about a five-year-old Indian boy who is lost on the unforgiving streets of Calcutta, thousands of miles away from home and family. He survives many challenges before being adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty-five years later, armed with only the scantest of clues, he learns of a new technology called Google Earth, and sets out to find his lost family. It is a story of courage, inspiration and most importantly to never let go of what drives the human spirit – hope.
The story captured worldwide attention in various media outlets such as CNN, BBC, AP, Vanity Fair, The Hollywood Reporter and on 60 Minutes Australia.
LION featured an all-star cast with Nicole Kidman, Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, David Wenham and newcomer Sunny Pawar. The hugely talented Garth Davis was Director, Luke Davies wrote the screenplay, with Greig Fraser as DOP.
LION was released in the USA in December, 2016. Transmission released LION in Australia on 19 January, 2017 and it went straight to #1 at the Australian Box Office and now sits in the top 5 Australian productions of all time.
LION was nominated for 6 Academy Awards including Best Picture and won 12 AACTA (Australian Academy of Cinema Television Arts) Awards.