Council chatter: Movie magic made at park

Blacktown International Sportspark as it appears in UnbrokenBLACKTOWN International Sportspark (pictured) has made its big screen debut in the film Unbroken, now showing in cinemas across Australia.

Directed and produced by Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie, Unbroken is an epic drama that follows the life of Olympian and war hero Louis Zamperini (Jack O’Connell) who survived in a raft for 47 days after a plane crash in World War II — only to be caught the Japanese and sent to a prisoner of war camp.

“Blacktown International Sportspark and Blacktown City were honoured to be selected as a location for filming such an inspiring and amazing film as ‘Unbroken,” mayor Stephen Bali said.

“It is a great reflection of the quality and diversity of the facilities available at Blacktown International Sportspark,” Cr Bali said.

The Sportspark was selected as a filming location, with more than 300 extras and 250 crew converging on the athletics centre 12 months ago.

Hollywood magic turned the Rooty Hill venue into the Berlin Olympic Stadium of 1936 and featured the memorable moment Adolf Hitler asked to meet “the boy with the fast finish”.

The transformation involved weeks of construction and the laying of a track replicating that of the period. The big screen illusion is made complete by the use of computer-generated imagery.

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