Magazine article Screen International

King's Speech Producers Grab Autobiography

Magazine article Screen International

King's Speech Producers Grab Autobiography

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The true story of how a poor five-year-old Indian boy was separated from his mother, adopted by an Australian family, then found her 25 years later, is to be made into a film by See-Saw Films producers Emile Sherman and Iain Canning.

Little Boy Lost will be based on Saroo Brierley's autobiography, soon to be published by Penguin. Brierley, now in his early 30s, made headlines when the story broke last year.

While it's early days for the film, the modern-day nature of the tale - Brierley used Google Earth, intelligence, memory and social media to track down his birth mum - and the previous success of the production team augurs well: Sydney-based Sherman and London-based Canning produced 2011 best film Oscar winner The King's Speech.

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The See-Saw pair were also executive producers on Garth Davis and Jane Campion's six-part television series, Top Of The Lake, which screens at Berlin this weekend. New Zealander Philippa Campbell was the producer.

"As a filmmaker, Saroo's life story is irresistible," said Sherman and Canning. "The moment we heard it, we knew it had all the elements that make for great cinema. There is perhaps no greater human drive than the desire to find out who we are and to know our mothers. …

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