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Interview: For Saroo and Sue Brierley, Lion is a long journey home

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Image: Saroo Brierley, aged 6, photographed as a new arrival in Australia in 1987. Photo courtesy Saroo Brierley

Lion_MarkRogers-4267.jpg Nicole Kidman as Sue Brierley, David Wenham as John Brierley, and Sunny Pawar as young Saroo in Lion (image courtesy Transmission Films)

It’s a Tuesday afternoon during the worst time of year in Brisbane, also known as hot, humid, sleepless January, when I sit down to talk to Saroo and Sue Brierley. At 5pm, I’m at nearly the end of the endless parade of journalists ushered into their hotel room (which boasts a sweeping, breathtaking 360 degree view of the city), squeezed into a week of tireless promotion of Lion, the film that brings their story to the screen. It’s one that needs little introduction – Saroo (played by Dev Patel), who was born in the Indian town of Ganesh Talai, became lost on a train at the age of 5…

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