Angelina Jolie Pitt to Direct New Netflix Movie
Angelina Jolie Pitt will work with Netflix to direct a film titled First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers.
The latest in a stream of top-tier talent working with Netflix, the Unbroken director takes on the roles of director, producer and writer, following Jolie Pitt’s co-adaption of the script alongside human-rights activist Loung Ung, the writer of the memoir upon which the film is based.
The plot is set to follow the life of Ung, who was 5 years old when the Khmer Rouge regime took power over Cambodia in 1975 and began a four-year reign of terror. The young girl was forced from her family’s home in Phnom Penh, and was trained as a child soldier in a work camp for orphans while her six siblings were sent to labor camps.
Ung, despite the odds survived and wrote and published First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers in 2000. It was upon reading the book that Jolie Pitt contacted Ung to first propose producing the memoir for film.
“I was deeply affected by Loung’s book,” the Girl, Interrupted actress said. “It deepened forever my understanding of how children experience war and are affected by the emotional memory of it. And it helped me draw closer still to the people of Cambodia, my son’s homeland.
“It is a dream come true to be able to adapt this book for the screen, and I’m honoured to work alongside Loung.”
The choice for Netflix when moving to produce this film was further of significance to Jolie Pitt, with the Oscar-winner saying: “Films like this are hard to watch but important to see.”
She continues: “They are also hard to get made. Netflix is making this possible, and I am looking forward to working with them and excited that the film will reach so many people.”
The film will be released in both Khmer and English and will be made available to members of the streaming service in late 2016. It is further expected to be submitted for several international film festivals.