Paradise Road | 122 min | Drama | 1997 | Australia | Director: Bruce Beresford

Set in World War II in Sumatra Indonesia, a group of European women imprisoned by the Japanese seek solace from the horror of their imprisonment by forming a vocal orchestra.

The film’s extraordinarily talented cast features a young Cate Blanchett alongside Glenn Close, Frances McDormand, Jennifer Ehle, Julianna Marguiles, Pamela Rabe, Wendy Hughes, Tessa Humphries, Lisa Hensley, Pauline Chan, Julie Anthony, Stephen O’Rourke, Noel Ferrier, Robert Grubb and Aden Young

Paradise Road, is the second of three films in an anthology of work from legendary award-winning Australian director Bruce Beresford, starting with Breaker Morant and ending with Ladies in Black.

Films directed by Bruce Beresford have won awards around the globe, including Academy Awards, AACTAs (formerly AFI Awards) and he has been nominated for many many more, including BAFTAs, Golden Globes, Cannes Palm D’or, Director’s Guild of America Awards and more! Bruce Beresford is an accomplished theatre and opera director and author, in demand around the world with a screen and arts career spanning over 50 years.

Bruce Beresford joined the Veterans Film Festival in 2022 as the chair of the Jury for Best Film and presented a Masterclass where he unpacked his career highlights and shared some of the secrets behind his extraordinary career.

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