Angelina Jolie To Helm Netflix Original Pic ‘First They Killed My Father’
by Dominic Patten
July 23, 2015 5:01pm
The Oscar winner will be helming her next project for the streaming service for a late 2016 release. Angelina Jolie Pitt will co-write and direct an adaptation of Cambodian author and human rights activist Loung Ung’s 2000 memoir First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers. The
actress and Unbroken director has been working on the adaptation for
several years since reading it and reaching out to Ung over 10-years
“I was deeply affected by Loung’s book,” said Jolie Pitt, who will
also produce the feature. “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.” Jolie Pitt’s Camodian born son Maddox will be involved in the
film. Rithy Panh, director of the Oscar-nominated Best Foreign Language
film The Missing Picture, will serve as a producer.
“Films like this are hard to watch but important to see,” added
Jolie Pitt today praising the streaming service.. “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.” Set to be released
in both Khmer and English, Netflix say First They Killed My Father will be submitted to major film festivals around the world.