The Railway Man (film)

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The Railway Man
Directed byJonathan Teplitzky
Produced byChris Brown
Bill Curbishley
Andy Paterson
Screenplay byFrank Cottrell Boyce
Andy Paterson
Based onThe Railway Man by
Eric Lomax
StarringColin Firth
Nicole Kidman
Jeremy Irvine
Stellan Skarsgard
Hiroyuki Sanada
CinematographyGarry Phillips
Release date(s)
  • April 19, 2013 (2013-04-19) (Australia)
CountryAustralia
United Kingdom
LanguageEnglish
 
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The Railway Man
Directed byJonathan Teplitzky
Produced byChris Brown
Bill Curbishley
Andy Paterson
Screenplay byFrank Cottrell Boyce
Andy Paterson
Based onThe Railway Man by
Eric Lomax
StarringColin Firth
Nicole Kidman
Jeremy Irvine
Stellan Skarsgard
Hiroyuki Sanada
CinematographyGarry Phillips
Release date(s)
  • April 19, 2013 (2013-04-19) (Australia)
CountryAustralia
United Kingdom
LanguageEnglish

The Railway Man is an upcoming war film directed by Jonathan Teplitzky. It is an adaptation of the bestselling autobiography of the same name by Eric Lomax, and stars Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman and Jeremy Irvine.[1][2][3]

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Plot

During World War II, Eric Lomax (Colin Firth) is a British officer who is captured by the Japanese in Singapore and sent to a POW camp, where he is forced to work on the Thai-Burma Railway. During his time in the camp he is tortured by an officer and meets a fellow POW (played by Ben Rossberg).

Years later, and still suffering the psychological trauma of his wartime experiences, Lomax (played by Colin Firth) is persuaded by his wife Patti to find and confront one of his captors. Accompanied by his best friend (played by Skarsgard), Lomax returns to the scene of his torture and manages to track down his captor, Japanese officer Takashi Nagase (played by Sanada), from the prison camp, "in an attempt let go of a lifetime of bitterness and hate".[4][5]

Cast

Rachel Weisz was originally to play the role of Patti Lomax, but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts for re-shoots for other films.[6]

Production

While he was working on the screenplay, co-writer Frank Cottrell Boyce travelled up to Berwick-upon-Tweed in Northumberland together with Colin Firth to meet the then-91 year old Eric Lomax.[7] Firth said of the film: "I think what is not often addressed is the effect over time. We do sometimes see stories about what it's like coming home from war, we very rarely see stories about what it's like decades later. This is not just a portrait of suffering. It's about relationships ... how that damage interacts with intimate relationships, with love."[5]

The film began shooting in April 2012 in Edinburgh and North Berwick in Scotland, and will later move to locations in Thailand and Queensland in Australia.[1][6][8]

References

  1. ^ a b "Colin Firth 'overwhelmed' by Scot's film story". BBC News. 2012-04-27. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-17870048. Retrieved 2012-04-27. 
  2. ^ Miller, Daniel (2011-10-31). "'War Horse' Star Jeremy Irvine to Play Young Colin Firth in 'The Railway Man'". Hollywood Reporter. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/war-horse-jeremy-irvine-colin-firth-255468. Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  3. ^ Kemp, Stuart (2012-04-27). "Stellan Skarsgard, Hiroyuki Sanada Join Hollywood Stars in 'The Railway Man'". Hollywood Reporter. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/stellan-skarsgard-hiroyuki-sanada-colin-firth-nicole-kidman-railway-man-317479. Retrieved 2012-04-27. 
  4. ^ Dawtry, Adam (2012-04-27). "Skarsgard, Sanada joins 'Railway Man': Pic stars Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman". Variety. 
  5. ^ a b Scott, Kirsty (2012-04-27). "Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman aboard for second world war film The Railway Man". The Guardian. 
  6. ^ a b Westthorp, Tanya (2012-03-08). "Kidman, Firth to hit Coast for film". Goldcoast.com.au (Queensland, Australia). http://www.goldcoast.com.au/article/2012/03/08/397781_more-gold-coast-gig-guide.html. Retrieved 2012-03-08. 
  7. ^ Jones, Catherine (2011-09-29). "Frank Cottrell Boyce enjoys trip to Northumberland with Oscar-winner Colin Firth". Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, UK). http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/liverpool-news/in-the-mix/2011/09/29/frank-cottrell-boyce-enjoys-trip-to-northumberland-with-oscar-winner-colin-firth-100252-29505336/. Retrieved 2012-04-28. 
  8. ^ Bruce, Sarah (2012-04-27). "Mr Darcy becomes Mr Dowdy! Colin Firth starts filming The Railway Man... as Nicole Kidman makes a glamorous arrival on set". The Daily Mail (London). http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2136113/Colin-Firth-starts-filming-The-Railway-Man--Nicole-Kidman-makes-glamorous-arrival-set.html?ito=feeds-newsxml. Retrieved 2012-04-27. 

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