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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.

Video sponsored by AVID ( and Savannah College of Art and Design (