Lion the king at State Cin­ema

Sunday Tasmanian - - News - ANNE MATHER

THE movie Lion has wrapped up its 17-week sea­son at Ho­bart’s State Cin­ema, tak­ing its fi­nal bow with the ti­tle of the most pop­u­lar film shown in the cin­ema’s his­tory.

The State sold more than 25,000 tick­ets to the movie about the life of Tas­ma­nian man Sa­roo Bri­er­ley.

The film’s ticket sales were 30 per cent higher than the next most pop­u­lar film at the State, which was The King’s Speech back in 2010.

Owner John Kelly said the Ho­bart cin­ema’s ticket sales to Lion were more than any other in­de­pen­dent cin­ema in the coun­try.

“It’s been a phe­nom­e­non,” he said.

“It was a per­fect mix of a great story and lo­cal con­tent.”

While the film fin­ished screen­ing at the State on Wed­nes­day, Mr Kelly said Lion would re­turn to the big screen for fes­ti­vals and spe­cial events.

The film has taken close to $30 mil­lion at the Aus­tralian box of­fice and has be­come the fifth most suc­cess­ful Aus­tralian film, ac­cord­ing to film dis­trib­u­tors Trans­mis­sion Films.

The film tells the real-life tale of Sa­roo, who was saved from home­less­ness in In­dia when he was adopted by a Tas­ma­nian cou­ple. Twenty-five years later he uses Google Earth to track down his home vil­lage and birth mother.

The movie is based on Bri­er­ley’s best-sell­ing book A Long Way Home.

POP­U­LAR: Ac­tor Nicole Kid­man, star of Lion, based on the life of Sa­roo Bri­er­ley.

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