'A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 later, he sets out to find his lost family.' (Production summary)
'Tasmanian Saroo Brierley has not decided whether he will watch this year's Golden Globes despite a film about his true-life story being nominated for four awards.
Lion is based on his incredible journey to find his birth mother and family in India.'
'From the moment Larry Buttrose heard the story about Saroo Brierley, he knew what a remarkable one it was.
A five-year-old boy loses his family at an Indian train station, spends 32 hours on a train, three weeks alone on the streets of Kolkata, then gets placed in an orphanage where an Australian family adopts him and takes him to Hobart.'
'A week ago, most Oscar prognosticators and strategists had effectively written off Harvey Weinstein as a player in this year's awards race.'
'His movie company, troubled by executive departures and box-office misfires, had neither the money nor the manpower needed to sustain an awards campaign, Hollywood conventional wisdom held. And Weinstein's primary contender this time around, Lion, an adoption drama set in India and based on an astonishing true story, was generating virtually no tastemaker buzz. ...'