• Rooney Mara and Dev Patel in 'Lion' (2016) (Screenshot)Source: Screenshot
The actors nails a Australian accent in the homegrown weepie about an Australian Indian's search for his birth family.
26 Aug 2016 - 11:26 AM  UPDATED 2 Nov 2018 - 2:54 PM

Dev Patel is setting off on a heart-tugging journey to India to find his real parents in the trailer for Garth Davis' Lion, based on Saroo Brierley’s memoir A Long Way Home.

“I had another family – a mother, a brother,” he tells his mother, played by Nicole Kidman. "Every day my real brother screams my name."

The movie tells the story of 5-year-old Indian child who gets hopelessly lost after falling asleep on a parked train and ending up 1,000 miles from his village. He’s adopted by an Australian couple (Kidman and David Wenham), then begins a painstaking search for his lost village and family, utilising Google Earth, more than two decades later.

Sunny Pawar plays the 5-year-old version of Brierley with several scenes in the trailer showing the nightmarish sequence of getting lost on the train. Rooney Mara also stars.

The Oscar-nominated Lion will premiere on SBS Australia on Friday 2 November at 8.35pm. 

Davis (Top of the Lake) is directing from a script by Luke Davies (Candy) and producers are Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Angie Fielder.

Watch 'Lion'
SBS Australia, Friday 2 November, 8.35pm
SBS On Demand after broadcast

United Kingdom, Australia, USA, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Garth Davis
Starring: Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara, David Wenham 
What's it about?
A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometres from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.

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