As part of their study of the film Lion, Year 11 English Standard students heard from Robert McKenzie, the Sound Designer of the film.
Lion follows the story of Saroo, a five-year-old Indian boy who is adopted by an Australian couple after being separated from his family, kilometres from home. 25 years later, he begins the search to find them again.
In this session, students explored the role sound played in the telling of the story.
“The most important job of the sound in Lion was linking all sorts of sounds to the scenes and memory. In the film, Saroo is trying to remember sights, sounds, and smells from where he grew up to remember his home.”
Through Robert’s role in this project, students were able to explore another layer of the film and identify how sound contributes to conveying its themes of identity, memory, love, and survival, among others.