1 January 2006
The APTN Library has provided a large amount of archive material for the new feature film, Munich. The film, based on real-life events, follows what happened in the wake of eleven Israeli athletes being taken hostage and killed at the 1972 Olympic Games.
Eric Bana (Hulk) stars as Avner, the leader of a team of Mossad agents who have been given the task of assassinating the leaders of Black September, the militant organisation whose members took the Israeli athletes hostage. The film follows Avner and his team (including new James Bond, Daniel Craig) as they carry out this mission. The film has been nominated for two Golden Globe Awards and is widely tipped for success at this year's Oscars.
APTN Library provided a great deal of news footage, shot throughout the 1970s, to the directors of the film. As well as numerous contemporary news reports on the events in Munich, APTN also supplied footage on subsequent terrorist attacks throughout Europe and the Middle East and other international news stories from between 1972 and 1977.
Alwyn Lindsey, Head of Video Archives at APTN said: “Munich tells a fascinating story about one of the biggest events in living memory and is set to be a huge hit. Our footage has been used by some of the world’s most iconic film directors in some of cinema’s best known films. The addition of Steven Spielberg to a very long list of high-profile users is a great honour for us and testament to the quality and breadth of our content.”
APTN Library has supplied footage for numerous feature films in recent years, including Fahrenheit 9/11, 28 Days Later, Biggie And Tupac and the forthcoming V For Vendetta, by the writers of The Matrix trilogy.
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