By Erin Free

Garlanded with praise (including a very positive review from FilmInk), and the recipient of nominations at various awards ceremonies – including The Golden Globes, The Directors Guild Of America Awards, and The Academy Awards – Lion is also a bona fide box office beast in Australia. The film has taken $11.5 million in the 11 days since it was released in local cinemas. The deeply emotional true life drama has held the Number One position at the Australian box office for the second weekend in a row, a record for an independent Australian film. The box office for the second weekend of release moves Lion further up the record books. The Great Gatsby is the only Australian film to have taken more on the second weekend, and if you were so inclined, you could even question how “Australian” Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of the classic American novel actually is.

“It is so gratifying to see Lion connect with audiences. The positive feedback has been overwhelming. At a time when the world seems to be fractured, Lion offers hope and joy. Its themes of love and family shine bright for audiences worldwide,” said Richard Payten and Andrew Mackie from Australian distributor, Transmission Films.

FilmInk suggestion: if you haven’t seen it yet, add a little more money to the coffers by checking out this emotional powerhouse of a movie this week.

Click through for FilmInk’s interviews with Lion screenwriter, Luke Davies, and producer, Emile Sherman.

  • Joachim Staats
    2 February 2017 at 1:19 pm

    After all the hype when the film was released I felt a little underwhelmed after watching Lion. Yes, a true story and an against all odds story of re discovering personal identity. The production quality cannot be faulted. Sunny Pawal was a standout as ‘young Saroo’ but the rest of the acting performances were workmanlike. Whilst the story of Saroo connected with me there was something about Dev Patel’s performance that just didn’t connect with me. It seemed to be a bit forced. The highlight of the film for me was the showing of the actual film recording of the 2013 meeting of the two mothers in India, real emotion, touching and very special.

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