On Jan 7, the Film & Art Study opened 2015 with a special screening of the film, Unbroken. Written by Joel and Ethan Coen, shot by Roger Deakins and directed by Angelina Jolie.
Unbroken is a 2014 American war drama, produced and directed by Angelina Jolie, and based on the 2010 non-fiction book by Laura Hillenbrand - Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption. The film revolves around the life of USA Olympian and athlete Louis “Louie” Zamperini, portrayed by Jack O’Connel. Zamperini, who died on July 2, 2014, at the age of 97, survived in a raft for 47 days after his bomber was downed in WWII, and was sent to a series of POW (prisoner of war) camps.
Unbroken had its World Premiere in Sydney on November 17, 2014, and received a wide release in the United States on December 25, 2014.
Universal Pictures purchased the rights to the book in January 2011, having already acquired the film rights to Zamperini's life towards the end of the 1950s. Early drafts for the film were written by William Nicholson and Richard LaGravenese while Francis Lawrence was scheduled to direct. Joel and Ethan Coen were then tapped to rewrite the script after Jolie was named director.
On September 30, 2013, Jolie was confirmed to direct the film in Australia. Walden Media was originally set as Universal's co-financer, but withdrew from the project prior to filming and were subsequently replaced by Legendary Pictures. The filming was based in New South Wales and Queensland, with scenes also shot in Fox Studios - Australia and Village Roadshow Studios.
The official film soundtrack was released on December 15, 2014, through Parlophone and Atlantic Records. The film score was composed by Alexandre Desplat. The album also features “Miracles”, a song written and recorded by British alternative rock band Coldplay, which was released digitally as a single on December 15, 2014.
After an early screening, Japanese nationalists asked for the film and the director to be banned from their country, due to their accusation that the film shows them in a negative stereotypical light. In response, it triggered a petition by The Indo Project voicing support for the movie as they see it as a reflection of what their family members in the former Dutch East Indies experienced in Japanese camps. Several prominent Dutch Indos — including author Adriaan van Dis, Doe Maar-frontman Ernst Jansz, and actress Wieteke van Dort - have signed the petition in support of the film.
Unbroken Technical Specs
Runtime: 137 Min
Sound Mix: DataSat, Dolby Digital, SDDS
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1