With Lion now playing in theaters, Luke Davies is opening up more about his inspiration for writing the movie. Davies has talked about how meeting Saroo’s biological mother affected how he wrote the screenplay, balancing fact vs. fiction, how he wanted India and Australia to feel like distinct characters, the way WALL-E influenced his take on the film, the way he likes to work, and how the producers kept Google at arms-length but Google did help recreate an older version of Google Maps for the movie.
If you aren’t familiar with Lion, it’s based on the true story of a young man named Saroo who became separated from his family in India at the age of five and was subsequently adopted by an Australian family. As a five-year-old, Saroo could not correctly explain where, exactly, he was from, and thus all hopes of finding his family were lost. As an adult, however, the advent of Google Earth provides Saroo with a unique opportunity, as he sets about finding his long lost family once and for all. The film stars Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, Nicole Kidman, David Wenham, and Sunny Pawar.
The featurette for Lion focuses on writer Luke Davies and his adaptation of Saroo Brierley’s book “A Long Way Home”: