Angelina Jolie going back to work

Angelina Jolie is ready to return to work after taking a year off to be there for her children in the wake of her split from Brad Pitt.

FILE: Angelina Jolie in November 2015. Picture: AFP.

LONDON - Angelina Jolie is ready to return to work after supporting her children through their difficult "family situation".

The 42-year-old actress-and-director split from husband Brad Pitt - the father of her kids Maddox, 16, Pax, 13, Zahara, 12, Shiloh, 11, and nine-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne - in September 2016 and took a break from her career because she was "needed" at home, but is now looking for opportunities to get back in front of the camera.

Speaking to the_ Hollywood Reporter_ at the Telluride Film Festival - where her latest directorial offering, First They Killed My Father was screened - she said: "Right now I don't have anything to direct that I feel passionate about like this, so I'll do some acting. I've taken over a year off now, because of my family situation, to take care of my kids.

"When they can have -- when I feel it's time for me to go back to work, I'll be able to go back to work. I've been needed at home. I hope [to work again] in the months to come."

Asked what she'll be working on, she added: "Maleficent [sequel], we're working on, most likely. And I look forward to having some fun with that. 'Cleopatra', there is a script. There's a lot of different things floating around. But I haven't committed."

And the star admitted she would "love to" eventually move into just directing, but doesn't know how successful that would be as a full-time venture.

She said: "I would love to [move into directing] at some point. At some point, I'll probably just direct. If I'm allowed to. But you just don't know if you can have a career as a director. You don't know how things are going to be received."