Some might say the invisible bonds between family may be the most far-reaching or most endearing. When the longing for family happens it seems few borders may contain this desire for kinship. In media, audiences around the world may have seen the theme of family in their fair share of animated features or all ages productions; all seemingly aims to remind viewers about the importance of family and to cherish those around. Within society’s bounds, many of the life lessons, and sometimes habits, individuals pick up seem to be attributed to those close to them.
Family’s may come in all shapes and sizes, sometimes featuring an eclectic union of individuals spanning several generations, and these deep rooted connections may serve to support each individual. This tapestry of relationship connections may help an individual grow and mature as they journey through life. The theme of family may so intrinsically linked with the way society thinks it may come with little surprise it seems to carry a heavy presence in the medium film. The latest cinematic feature to depict themes of family seems to be Lion.
Lion is the debut feature film from director Garth Davis, one which he aims to demonstrate his talent for cinematography in. With Lion, Garth Davis aims to tell the tale of a young man in search of his family, 25 years after they unintentionally parted ways. Cast in the role of the determined individual in search of his family is Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) as Saroo Brierley. Saroo Brierley embarks on an ambitious journey to find his relatives. At the age of 5, Saroo Brierly got on a train in India which eventually resulted in him ended up thousands of miles away from where he started, separated from his home and family. Twenty-five years later, as memories of Sarro’s past lead him to question his origin, he decides to take action and sets off on the adventure of a lifetime.
With this premise, Garth Davis aims to produce a character-driven narrative as he explores the lengths one might go to rekindle past memories and reunite with their family. Starring alongside Dev Patel is Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman (Moulin Rogue, Paddington), Academy Award nominee Rooney Mara (The Social Network, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and David Wenham (Top of the Lake, 300). This cast aims to depict a narrative which might remain with the viewer long after the credits roll. Coupled with Garth Davis’s eye for the cinematic, Lion aims to deliver an international tale, broad in its scope while retaining the intimacy such a personal journey might require.
To assist him in his journey, Saroo turns to Google Earth, a tool which provides satellite imagery along with detailed terrain maps. Armed with the power of modern technology, Saroo embarks on what may be a life-changing journey. Lion is based on a true story and Garth Davis aims to retell Saroo Brierley tale. This story was captured by Saroo in his biopic, A Long Way Home, which details this journey to find his family. From his adoption by an Australian family to his determination to find his biological one, this sincere journey one man to find his childhood home, birth mother, and biological family may captivate audiences.
With its themes of family and identity, Garth Davis aims to adapt Saroo Brierley’s biopic and share his moving tale with audiences worldwide. Through conveying this true-story, Lion aims to take audiences on an emotional journey. The talents of Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman and Rooney Mara may provide the film with a talented cast and one which aims to capture these emotive moments and tell an authentic tale.
Lion aims to release on the 20th December 2017 in the UK.
How might Garth Davis adapt Saroo Brierley’s biopic, A long way home, for his feature film Lion?