Indivisible – Sarah Drew

Tuesday, November 6th, 2018
Indivisible movie poster

The scars of war - PTSD - the fight to save a marriage

“It dives head first into the problem of pain, how we work through it and how we come out the other side, and I think it offers a tremendous amount of hope.”

“I think a foundational aspect of keeping marriage in a healthy place is learning when to ask for help.”

Sarah Drew was not only commenting on the movie Indivisible that's currently being seen on big screens around Australia, but also her own marriage. Two true stories - Sarah's coming up.

Sarah, who stars in the film, said although it's a war drama and a true story centred around the topic of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, it was a fun movie to make.

Sarah’s character is married to Army Chaplain Darren Turner, played by Justin Breuning, who's deployed to Iraq where the harsh realities of war impact on his life.

Co-star and executive producer

But it's the mental and emotional turmoil that erupts when he returns to family life after his extended tour of duty.

Sarah Drew

Sarah Drew (Source: Shutterstock)

For Sarah, it wasn’t a simple matter of accepting the co-star leading lady part.

When they offered me the role I said sure I’ll do the role as long as I can be an executive producer.

An established and much recognised performer, Sarah had her reasons for wanting to have a hand in the movie’s production.

“The material’s so intense. We go into these very deep places and I just wanted to be sure I had the right cast surrounding me to be able to tell this story effectively.’

“So it was neat to be given the reins a little bit in that regard and to offer up people as options for these different roles and to call up my friends and say, ‘Hey, do you want to come and do this movie with me?’ It was really fun,” Sarah shared.

Really rough hard patches

PTSD, depression, grief – Indivisible has it in spades. From a military perspective it’s all too real, but Sarah Drew said there’s much to glean from the movie for civilian audiences.

“We’re really feeling from the reactions of people coming from the theatre, they’re finding incredible universal truths in the story.”

Justin Breuning and Sarah Drew in Indivisible (Source: Five Loaves Media)

Justin Breuning and Sarah Drew in Indivisible (Source: Five Loaves Media)

“I think anybody in any kind of committed relationship knows what it’s like to struggle."

They know what it’s like to go through really rough hard patches.

“And even if you’re not in a relationship, everybody deals with pain at some level,” Sarah said, admitting how everyone has moments of hopelessness in their lives.

But she feels the core of the movie centres around pain.

Asking for help

“It dives head first into the problem of pain, how we work through it and how we come out the other side, and I think it offers a tremendous amount of hope.”

“This is also something that I think people really need right now, and that’s a real dose of hope.”

Another take away Sarah wanted to highlight that Indivisible brings attention to is help.

I think a foundational aspect of keeping marriage in a healthy place is learning when to ask for help.

Sarah confessed to a time when she called out for help with her relationship.

“I was drawn to the story because I saw my own marriage playing out in the Turner story. I went through a dark time.”

Love and communication

“The reason it came to a head was because I was too embarrassed and ashamed to say it wasn’t good and that it (the marriage) needed help and I needed help,” Sarah shared.

“But once I was able to say that out loud and recognise it then we were able to go and deal with it and see a counsellor and work through and uncover all the stuff.”

“Doing that enabled us to figure out how to love one another better and communicate better.”

Indivisible family

Justin Breuning and Sarah Drew with their on-screen kids in Indivisible (Source: Five Loaves Media)

“Then we came out on this other side and there was this really beautiful friendship and marriage,” Sarah said.

“That’s the first thing. Learning how to ask for help then going and getting the help that you need.”

Out of the dark, into the light

Simple? Yes. But it’s all the circling around the problem that can go on too long before making a decision to go for help.

“It makes all the difference. Honestly, some of those sessions were so painful because you’re required to bring things out into the light that you’ve kept hidden for a very long time.”

“And sometimes things he said hurt me and sometimes things I said hurt him.

But the only way to get to the light and get to a place of reconciliation is to pull all of this stuff out of the dark and bring it into the light so that you can examine it and start to sort through it,” Sarah explained.

“It’s hard work and sometimes you feel you’re taking ten steps back before you take one step forward, but it’s so worth it.”

“This was my takeaway and in my story it was so worth it,” Sarah emphasised.

“Our marriage became so much stronger and our love for one another became so much stronger.”

Darren & Heather Turner

That’s the real life Sarah Drew marriage reconciliation restoration story. But how about the real life Indivisible couple the movie’s about? Darren and Heather Turner.

Sarah got to meet them.

The real Chaplain Darren and Heather Turner with their children at the Indivisible premiere. (Source: darrenandheatherturner.com)

They came to visit the set one day while we were shooting. He’s still on active duty and couldn’t be on the set with us the whole time.

“It was really neat to meet them. The whole family came out and we went out with them for a day. They’re just such good people. They’re so transparent and vulnerable.”

For Sarah, it was the genuineness of the Turners that made their story so powerful.

“They had the vulnerability and courage to share, even the darkest places, and it’s now on the big screen. I’m so grateful for them.”

People were praying for us

Sarah Drew is familiar with both secular and faith based screen productions with  Indivisible her second Christian movie. Mom’s Night Out made several years ago being the first.

“That was a lot of fun. But I would say every project is different. But what I loved about Indivisible we had about 150 volunteers.”

“They were working in craft service and in our transport department."

We also had a huge group of people praying for us around the clock which was incredible.

Sarah said it was because of the prayer, the whole cast felt enthused with a deep sense of purpose knowing these people were giving up their time freely without asking for anything in return.

“It was because they believed in the message of the story. That was a pretty powerful and unique aspect of working on this film,” Sarah said.

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