Colin Firth's Ipswich movie to open in Brisbane

STAR COUPLE: Colin Firth and co-star Nicole Kidman in a scene from The Railway Man.
STAR COUPLE: Colin Firth and co-star Nicole Kidman in a scene from The Railway Man. Contributed

NEW movie The Railway Man, which features scenes filmed at the Ipswich Rail Workshops, is to open the Brisbane International Film Festival next Wednesday.

The movie is based on the autobiography of Eric Lomax and tells the story of his experience in a Japanese prisoner of war camp and how he was able to meet one of his torturers later in life.

Unfortunately, Mr Lomax died just before the filming had finished but his wife, Patti will be joining the director, Jonathan Teplitsky at the premiere next week.

Played by Colin Firth, the scenes filmed in Ipswich depict some of the experiences Mr Lomax went through in the POW camp.

Mayor Paul Pisasale said it would be wonderful to see some of our Ipswich scenes in the film that had been hugely anticipated all over the world.

"The film received a standing ovation in Toronto and now it is our turn to experience this wonderful new movie for ourselves," Cr Pisasale said.

The film's stellar cast also includes co-star Nicole Kidman, Stellan Skarsgard (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Thor), Hiroyuki Sanada (The Wolverine and The Last Samurai), Sam Reid (Anonymous) and Tanroh Ishida (Gambit).

The Brisbane International Film Festival presented by Screen Queensland is being held at several venues across Brisbane from November 13 to 24.

Further information on the opening night of The Railway Man is available at railwaymanmovie.com.au.


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