With an 85% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and four Golden Globe nominations including Best Film Drama, “Lion” looks ready to roar its way into the Oscar race. This Weinstein Company release tells the incredible true story of Saroo Brierley (Dev Patel), who as a five-year-old boy was separated from his family in Calcutta and later adopted by an Australian couple (Nicole Kidman and David Wenham). Twenty-five years later, he uses modern technology to seek out his birth mother. Both Patel and Kidman recently sat down with Gold Derby to chat about their Globe and SAG contending roles.
To prepare for the film, Patel embarked on a, “process of isolation,” in which he, “traveled across India on trains, writing diaries, trying to understand what it would be like to be alone.” To play his adopted parent, Kidman reveals she, “related to him as a mother. I would go up to him and stroke his hair and touch his face and hold his hand. He gave permission for that, which was terrific.”
We also spoke with director Garth Davis, who made his feature film directing debut with “Lion.” He was attracted to Brierley’s memoir because of its, “epic scope,” and the, “deep emotionality of the story.”
Among the behind-the-scenes contenders, we chatted with screenwriter Luke Davies, cinematographer Greig Fraser, and composers Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka, who reaped a Globe bid for their original score.
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Dev Patel, who plays Saroo Brierley
Nicole Kidman, who plays Sue Brierley
Garth Davis, Director
Luke Davies, Writer
Greig Fraser, Cinematographer
Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka, Composers
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