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Production begins in Kolkata on Nicole Kidman's Lion

Friday, January 16, 2015 8:29 AM | Anonymous

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Filming began this week in kolkata, India, on Nicole Kidman's latest feature Lion.

A Weinstein Company adaptation of Saroo Brierley's incredible memoir “A Long Way Home,” Kidman stars opposite Slumdog Millionaire's Dev Patel.

Directed by Top of the Lake's co-director Garth Davis, the film follows the true story of a young boy who is separated from his family at age five, and is forced to survive on the streets of Kolkata for several weeks. He was rescued by an orphanage and then adopted by an Australian family.

25 years later, with only faint memories of his childhood and his home town in his head, Brierley used Google Earth to scour the landscapes of India, looking for a familiar landmark.

Produced by independent production company See-Saw Film (The King's Speech, Orangers and Sunshine, Tracks), which is headed by Australian producer Emile Sherman and his british partner, Iain Canning and Aquarius Film's Angie Fielder (Wish You Were Here), and Sunstar Entertainment's Andrew Fraser and Shahen Mekertichian.

The project is being co-financed by Screen Australia and Sydney-based film and television finance company Felcrum Media Finance, which was established in 2008 by Sherman and Canning.

According to Sherman, Kidman and Patel will begin filming in Australia in April. 

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