Movie inspires forum to be held at the Moncrieff

IN A tribute to Unbroken, an American biographical war drama film soon to be screening at the Moncrieff Entertainment Centre, community members are being invited to join an open forum to discuss Prisoners of War and share their own stories of family history, in a special, pre-movie event.

Unbroken will be screening at the Moncrieff from February 12.

Based on the 2010 non-fiction book by Laura Hillenbrand - Unbroken: A World War Two Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption - it revolves around the life of American Olympian and athlete Louie Zamperini, who survived in a raft for six weeks after his bomber was downed in the War and was sent to a series of prisoner of war camps.

Portfolio spokesman for Sport, Recreation and Venues, Cr Lynne Forgan, whose Uncle was a Prisoner of War during World War Two, said most people in the community had in some way been touched by wartime events and welcomed the forum as an opportunity for people to reflect on Australia's involvement in wartime conflict.

"Unbroken is a moving celebration of human endurance, resilience and survival. It has been described as an exploration of human determination, drive and spirit," Cr Forgan said.

"With strong wartime themes and emotive content, this movie has provoked a lot of discussion. It touches on a range of sensitive issues for the families of Australian Prisoners of War, providing a great opportunity for wide-ranging discussion in the format of an open forum."

"For those who have relatives who were Japanese Prisoners of War or prisoners in other combat deployment, and would like to meet and talk with others, please join us at this special event."

"Special guest speakers will include Bundaberg resident Cynthia Hoogstraten, whose mother was interned in a Japanese Prisoner of War camp with her two sisters and grandmother in Java."

The open forum will be held from 4.30-5.30pm at the Moncrieff Entertainment Centre. All attendees will receive a free ticket to Unbroken.