Lion (2016 film)

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Lion is a 2016 Australian biographical drama film directed by Garth Davis (in his feature directorial debut) from a screenplay by Luke Davies based on the 2013 non-fiction book A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley. The film stars Dev Patel, Sunny Pawar, Rooney Mara, David Wenham, and Nicole Kidman, as well as Abhishek Bharate, Divian Ladwa, Priyanka Bose, Deepti Naval, Tannishtha Chatterjee, and Nawazuddin Siddiqui. It tells the true story of how Brierley, 25 years after being separated from his family in India, sets out to find them. It is a joint production between Australia and the United Kingdom.

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Australian release poster
Directed byGarth Davis
Screenplay byLuke Davies
Based onA Long Way Home
by Saroo Brierley
Produced by
CinematographyGreig Fraser
Edited byAlexandre de Franceschi
Music by
Distributed by
Release dates
  • 10 September 2016 (2016-09-10) (TIFF)
  • 25 November 2016 (2016-11-25) (United States)
  • 19 January 2017 (2017-01-19) (Australia)
  • 20 January 2017 (2017-01-20) (United Kingdom)
Running time
118 minutes[2]
  • Australia
  • United Kingdom
Budget$12 million[3]
Box office$140.3 million[1]

The film, which had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on 10 September 2016, was given a limited release in North America on 25 November 2016, by The Weinstein Company before opening generally on 6 January 2017. It was released in Australia on 19 January 2017 and in the United Kingdom on 20 January 2017.

Lion was well-received by critics, with praise for the acting (particularly from Patel and Kidman), emotional weight, visuals, cinematography and screenplay; it received six Oscar nominations at the 89th Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Patel), Best Supporting Actress (Kidman), and Best Adapted Screenplay. It won two BAFTA Awards for Best Supporting Actor (Patel) and Best Adapted Screenplay. The film was also commercially successful, making $140 million worldwide, becoming one of the highest-grossing Australian films of all time.