The Music of Lion with Composer Dustin O’Halloran

In this exclusive SoundWorks Collection music profile writer Jon Burlingame chats with Oscar nominated composer Dustin O'Halloran about his work on Director Garth Davis's film LION. Dustin shares how Garth connected with co-composer Volker Bertelmann and how the three collaborated on "the two sides of the butterfly" of the story and why they chose not to use indian style music. Dustin shares his choice of featuring the piano to help capture the story of the main character Saroo played by Dev Patel.

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In this adaptation of the memoir A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley, a five-year-old Indian boy is adopted by an Australian couple after he gets lost in Calcutta. Years later, he struggles with his memories of his birth family, and decides to begin a search for them. Dev Patel stars as the adult Brierley in this drama directed by Garth Davis. Nicole Kidman, David Wenham, and Rooney Mara co-star.

Sound Credits

Jemma Burns Music Supervisor
Jordan Cox Music Consultant
Neal Desby Music Consultant
Michaela Eremiasova Composer: Tv Spot Music
Francesco Le Metre Score Music Editor
Colleen M. Lutz Score Mix Assistant
Kory McMaster Music Consultant
Satoshi Mark Noguchi Score Mixer
Tim Ryan Music Editor
Edward Trybek Music Consultant
Jeremy Underwood Score Engineer
Tobi Armbruster Utility Sound Technician
James Ashton Sound Effects Editor
Adam Connelly Foley Artist
Jayesh Dhakan Adr Recordist
James Drake Adr Mixer: London
Bruce Emery Dolby Consultant
Alex Francis Foley Engineer
Max Greene Adr Mixer
Jonathan Jost Adr Mixer
Nakul Kamte Sound Mixer
Robert Mackenzie Sound Designer And Supervising Sound Editor
Glenn Newnham Dialogue Editor
Andrew Ramage Sound Recordist Australia
Diego Ruiz Adr Recordist
J. Seeman Adr Mixer
Aravind Vijayakumar Adr Engineer: India