Angelina Jolie with Brad Pitt and their kids.
Angelina Jolie with Brad Pitt and their kids. Bang Showbiz

Rockywood has the lot for Angelina Jolie's POW movie

ROCKHAMPTON may not be city enough for Lara Croft, but it certainly has better locations than Ipswich for Angelina Jolie's latest Hollywood project.

Ms Jolie, with her children in tow, is in Australia looking for locations to shoot scenes for her big budget film, Unbroken, which will be directed by Jolie, and is scheduled to begin filming this month.

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale declared yesterday Ipswich had everything the movie needed.

But Capricorn Enterprise chief executive officer Mary Carroll and Rockhampton Regional Council Mayor Margaret Strelow both backed the idea that Rockhampton region provided a great location for shooting such a movie.

The movie is about a World War II hero Louis Zamperini.

He and a fellow crew member drifted more than 3000km across the Pacific Ocean in a life-raft after their aircraft crashed. They survived 47 days at sea, despite attacks from sharks and enemy planes, before being captured by Japanese soldiers and thrown into a prisoner-of-war camp.

"We are steeped in both history and local talent who would make excellent 'extras' and we are such a family friendly place and we would welcome you into our community," Mayor Strelow said.

Ms Carroll said the region offered a whole range of options for film making, including reef, rainforest and outback; from magnificent heritage buildings in Rockhampton to cliff top modern architecture at Zilzie.

"I had the pleasure in hosting film director Peter Weir in 2000/01 when he was scouting for locations for Master and Commander, starring Russell Crowe," she said.

"The Iwasaki-Sangyo company were keen to donate absolute beachfront land if we could raise about $20 million from the then Department of State Development to build a horizon tank which could host up to 20 movies a year.

"The filming subsequently went to Mexico."