Saroo Brierley Keynote Speaker
- Inspiration behind the award-winning film 'Lion'
- Author of 'A Long Way Home' detailing his journey to find his mother
- International speaker on hope, resilience and grief
Saroo Brierley's Biography
Saroo Brierley is the inspiration behind the award-winning film, ‘Lion’ which is a remarkable and touching story of survival and sheer determination.
Saroo was born in a small Indian town. In 1986, aged only 5, he lost all contact with his family when he was separated from his brother at a train station. He never saw his brother again.
After living on the streets of Calcutta for three weeks by himself, Saroo was placed in a local orphanage before being adopted by an Australian family. He grew up with his new parents in Hobart, Tasmania for the next 25 years. But he was unable, and unwilling, to forget the land of his childhood.
Determined to rediscover his past, he embarked on a virtual odyssey of his homeland and, after many hours pouring over Google Earth, armed only with the images etched into his memories as a 5 year old, he managed to recognise his home town, and track down his mother.
Their reunion in 2012 made headlines across the world, and his full story is recounted in his No.1 international bestselling autobiography, A Long Way Home.
The film ‘Lion’, which stars Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel, was released in November 2016 and nominated for four Golden Globe and six Academy Awards.
Saroo Brierley's Speaking Topics
• Overcoming challenges and fears
• Hope and drive
• Resilience and never giving up
• Grief and loss