“It took years of struggle. Years of not having anything happen, not even getting meetings, not knowing what I was really doing…Things have turned a corner. I was really a starving artist for lot of years. I moved to LA nine years ago, and the first five were really difficult.”
Oscar-nominated screenwriter Luke Davies (Lion)
Combined from PopEntertainment interview & Spook Magazine article
Note: Davies didn’t arrive in L.A. from Australia until he was in his mid-40s. His first book of poetry was published in 1982 when he was 20 years old. In his mid-30s his first novel was published, and the next year he was named Young Writer of the Year by The Sydney Morning Herald. That novel was made into the film Candy in 2006 with Davies as co-screenwriter. The opportunity to write Lion came about from a “working relationship with See-Saw Films [in Sydney]that went back ten years.”
P.S. Lion is based on the book The Long Way Home by Saroo Brieley.