This is very interesting news indeed, as Angelina Jolie has been confirmed to direct upcoming official biopic Unreasonable Behaviour on the legendary British war photographer Sir Don McCullin, which is based on his critically acclaimed autobiography of the same title.
If you know your photography, then you’ll know how huge McCullin is but you’ve probably seen his work as well. Best known for his often harrowing black and white images taken in Vietnam and Cambodia whilst working for The Observer and The Sunday Times, McCullin literally risked his life to capture images of war which continue to resonate. The honesty is something you cannot fake.
BAFTA-nominated screenwriter Gregory Burke (’71, Entebbe) is writing the screenplay, an adaptation of McCullin’s autobiography, which is an unflinching account of the celebrated British war photographer’s life. Jolie had this to say:
“I am humbled to have a chance to bring Don McCullin’s life to film. I was drawn to his unique combination of fearlessness and humanity – his absolute commitment to witnessing the truth of war, and his empathy and respect for those who suffer its consequences. We hope to make a film that is as uncompromising as Don’s photography, about the extraordinary people and events he witnessed, and the rise and fall of a unique era in journalism”.
Don McCullin added:
“Having viewed Angelina’s last film [First They Killed My Father] on Cambodia (and having spent so much time during the war there) I was very impressed at how she made such a powerful and accurate representation of the place at that time. I feel as if I am in safe, capable and professional hands with her.”