Paradise Road is an American-Australian historical drama film that was released in 1997. The film was produced by Village Roadshow Pictures, and directed by Bruce Beresford. Paradise Road stars Glenn Close, Julianna Margulies, Pauline Collins, Frances McDormand, Jennifer Ehle, and Cate Blanchett. Paradise Road is based on the true events of a group of women held in a Japanese prisoner of war camp on the island of Sumatra, during World War II. After their ship is bombed, Adrienne Partiger (Glenn Close) and other women from England, Holland and Australia are captured, when they are washed ashore on the Japanese occupied island of Sumatra. The women, who are all from different backgrounds, decide to form a choir and use music to deal with the brutal conditions of life in the prison camp. The movie's story was written by David Giles and Martin Meader, based on the dairies of Betty Jeffrey, and the screenplay was written by Bruce Beresford.