'Unbroken' Moreton Bay views as film hits cinemas

'Unbroken' bay views as film hits cinemas

A small patch of water in Moreton Bay will take on a new level of importance this week when Redland City moviegoers see the finished Angelina Jolie directed Hollywood movie, Unbroken.

Unbroken is the true story of American Olympian and World War II airman Louis Zamperini, opens in theatres on January 15.

The movie has received mixed reviews in the United States and the United Kingdom where it was released on Christmas Day.

But only now can the people of the Redlands get the full insight into what was happening on our Moreton Bay for a few days in October 2013.

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Having part of the filming in the Redlands was a coup for the city and the excitement of having celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, together with a full scale Hollywood movie production around town sent a buzz through the Redlands.

A key part of the movie is the raft scenes that document how Zamperini played by British actor Jack O'Connell and his mates Phil and Mac (Domhnall Gleeson and Finn Wittrock) - endured the 47 days adrift in rafts after their plane was shot down.

These scenes were filmed near Peel Island with others shot in water tanks at the Village Roadshow Studios at Oxenford.

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Filming in the bay was a major logistical project for the production crews who set up a base camp in the grounds of Redland Water (formerly CSIRO) at Cleveland's Toondah Harbour.

Local Volunteer Marine Rescue services were used to ferry crew to and from the floating film set, and Stradbroke Ferries provided the barge that was used as dressing and make-up rooms.

Unbroken opens at cinemas on Thursday January 15