It has been confirmed – Angelina Jolie will direct her next film ‘Unbroken’ in NSW and nearby town Werris Creek will be a feature landscape.
An announcement was made this week that the Hollywood Universal Pictures backed film will be shot in Sydney, Werris Creek and the Gold Coast.
Producers will spend in excess of $20 million filming the epic drama with the production expected to generate at least 300 jobs for NSW based crews.
‘Unbroken’ is based on the best-selling book by Laura Hillenbrand and follows the incredible life story of Olympian and war hero Louis Zamperini, who, along with two other crewmen survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash in WWII, only to be caught by the Japanese Navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.
The production crews will be staying in Tamworth throughout the process, which will be a boost for local accommodation and tourism providers.
Another coo for the Country Music Capital is the fact that crews will be sourcing timber from Tamworth to build sets to be used in scenes at Werris Creek and Queensland.
Minister for the Arts George Souris welcomed the news that Sydney wouldn’t be the only part of the state to benefit from this production with other parts of regional NSW also included.
“I am pleased that regional NSW will benefit with new jobs to be created and economic activity expected to increase in the towns where filming is taking place,” Mr Souris said.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Stoner said the great news confirms NSW’s international status as Australia’s premier location for large-scale film production and demonstrates the world class standards of our film production industry.
“We’re expecting that some of the visual effects work for the film will also be undertaken by NSW companies.”
Mr Stoner said that Screen NSW had worked hard to bring the production to the state against strong competition from other possible locations around the world.
“This will be a great boost for our digital economy and creative industries, as well as our international reputation.”
The film will star Jack O’Connell as Louis Zamperini plus rising stars Garrett Hedlund, Domhnall Gleeson and Finn Wittrock.