Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt made their first public appearance together as a married couple at the Sydney theater. Producer Matthew Baer and actors Jack O'Connell and Miyavi Ishihara joined them for the world premiere of Jolie's "Unbroken," a film about U.S. Olympic track star and WWII hero Louis Zamperini. Read on for further details.
According to abc.net.au, the whole hosts of Australian fans have gathered outside the Sydney theater to welcome Jolie and her entourage. It was an emotional rollercoaster for Oscar-winning actress and filmmaker at the event. After being read a quote from the film’s inspiration Olympic runner Louis Zamperini, the 39-year-old beauty has broken into tears on the red carpet.
Jolie has shown an early cut of the film, which was shot in Australia, to Zamperini. It was shown to him before his death in July at the age of 97.Click here to see the pictures of the event.
Zamperini stated, as published on the Daily Mail, that Jolie "became a great part of my life, she knows what she wants and she knows what she's doing and I trust her one hundred per cent. I have all the confidence in the world that 'Unbroken' will be a great film."
The film depicts Zamperini's (played by "300: Rise of an Empire" star Jack O'Connell) struggle to survive in several Japanese POW camps, where he was imprisoned and systematically tortured after surviving for 47 days at sea following a plane crash. Shot entirely in the Oz states of New South Wales and Queensland.
Based on the 2010 best-selling nonfiction book "Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption" by Lauren Hillebrand, the film's script was written by Joel and Ethan Coen, Richard LaGravenese and William Nicholson. The 137-minute film is anticipated to win an Academy Award.
At the event, Jolie wore a stunning black-and-white lace strapless Gucci gown with a fishtail hem. She complimented her look with diamond stud earrings, a thin tennis bracelet and her wedding ring.
"I knew I was drawn to this story, but I didn't realize how much I needed it and how much it would change my life. Louis made me think differently about life and how to survive things, but as a director, it was really difficult, an extraordinary challenge," Jolie told The Hollywood Reporter.
"I remember waking up one morning thinking 'How do I shoot a race?' There's a specific way a director does that, and I'm not sure I'm ready, so I had to sit up for days and try and learn. You have so much to learn, from the speed of the flash in the B24 bombers flying, and I had to be the one to have the answer on it, so it was a great challenge," added Jolie.
Jolie's first film as a director, “In the Land of Blood and Honey,” was set during the Bosnian war and released in 2011. The biopic is scheduled to be released in the U.S. on Dec. 25, 2014. but is expected to release in Australia in 2015.
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