Academy Award-nominated screenwriter speaks at Chico State


Luke Davies talks about his screenplay for the movie “Lion” at Ziing Recital Hall Thursday night. Photo credit: Josiah Nicholl

Screenwriter Luke Davies came to talk about his script for the movie “Lion” and read his other writing Thursday.

Davies presented in the Ziing Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. He read scenes from the book “A Long Way Home”, and would then show the corresponding scene from the movie adaptation, “Lion”, which he wrote the screenplay for.

Davies presented a total of three scenes, taking the time to carefully analyze each one and explain the reasoning behind his creative decisions for the film.

“You don’t want to bog a script down,” Davies said, while explaining why he chose to keep some of the material from the book out of his screenplay. He said one of his main goals when writing the screenplay was to be minimalist, because he didn’t want it to feel “too busy.”

Luke Davies has a number of different novels, including “Candy: A Novel of Love and Addiction,” “Isabelle the Navigator,” and “God of Speed.” He has also wrote a number of screenplays for movies such as “Air”, “Life”, and “Lion”.

Davies has been nominated for a number of awards and won the BAFTA and Capri International Film Festival Awards for best adapted screenplay for “Lion.”

Joey Nicholl can be reached at [email protected] or @theorion_news on Twitter.