With Lion, it works on so many different levels from the adoption, to the sense of belonging somewhere.
How did it appeal to you? On the one level, it was just such a great adventure.
It was such an epic tale to see how this little boy went on this enormous journey, so that really attracted me.
It was an unbelievable story.
But for me it was the spirituality in the story and the power of love, and that was something that I really could feel in all the characters.
I didn't quite realise just how political it was going to be in terms of the state of children in India and how they're so exposed to all of these kind of perils and I was just focusing on Saroo's story but telling it in an honest way it kind of I think brought out a bigger conversation.
One of the things that struck me was how it did straddle two continents and also two periods and how somebody with such an extraordinary life could suddenly be an Australian and live this kind of contemporary life.
I got very excited about what this guy is living with in terms of his memories and his childhood and I like that idea that anyone down the street could have an amazing story so I just found that really interesting and then also how technology could be so emotional.
This was the vehicle for.
this is the only way he could find home.
If Google wasn't invented, this story would never have happened.
India for me was the external story.
It's this kind of visceral, alive thing and then the second half is this internal story so I like the quietness [of Tasmania] and I set all the locations on the water because I felt that was something that connects us all and it's the mother, it's the feminine so there's a lot of thinking going in to the tapestry of the film.
And so shooting in Tasmania, I imagine it would be the polar opposite to shooting in India.
How did you find the experience of working there? Working in Tassie was just a dream because everything is so close and I love worlds.
I love the ability to just be able to move very quickly and just capture great imagery so it was a wonderful place to set the film and I love working down there.
It was just brilliant.
The crew was great.
Audiences just love this film.
It's kind of crazy reactions.
Really extreme emotional reactions, all sorts of ways it's touching people.
A lot of people have adopted children.
You've got adoptees, people talking about their families, reconnecting in all sorts of ways, so it's been amazing.