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Bruce Beresford

Paradise Road

Edition 1997
115' - 1997 - War, Drama - Dialogue: Dutch, Malay, English, Japanese
Director: Bruce Beresford Composer: Ross Edwards With: Glenn Close, Frances McDormand, Pauline Collins, Johanna ter Steege, Jennifer Ehle
Based on real events that took place during World War II, the film tells the story of a socially diverse group of mainly British and Australian women who, while escaping from the invasion of Singapore, are captured by the Japanese and held in a brutal POW camp. The film’s central thread follows the women’s efforts to keep spirits alive by uniting in a ‘vocal orchestra’. Beresford’s humanistic approach conveys vividly how, despite chaos, hatred and strife, the women managed to create something pure and beautiful : music. This is all the more accentuated by the fact that the chorale did not perform popular songs, but intricate classical music. He shows how ordinary women become extraordinary.

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Credits

Director

Bruce Beresford

Composer

Ross Edwards

With

Glenn Close, Frances McDormand, Pauline Collins, Johanna ter Steege, Jennifer Ehle

Scenario

Bruce Beresford

Director of Photography

Peter James

Editor

Tim Wellburn

Producer

Greg Coote, Sue Milliken

More information

Dialogue

Dutch, Malay, English, Japanese

Countries of production

Australia

Year

1997

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