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The Railway Man: book Eric Lomax, film Colin Firth

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The Railway Man: book Eric Lomax, film Colin Firth

Postby Lynnedean » Mon Dec 02, 2013 10:46 am

January 1st will see the release of a new film starring Colin Firth. It will not be a comfortable film to watch. The Railway Man is about Scotsman Eric Lomax, who was a soldier in WWII. It tells of how he was imprisoned in Changi by the Japanese and worked on the Burma railway. It depicts in graphic detail the brutal treatment he received at the hands of his captors, although, as Colin Firth said in an interview on BBC radio this morning, it doesn't tell the half of it.

Eric Lomax suffered the effects of his traumatic experiences all of his life. In an effort to find some ease for him, his wife Patti (portrayed in the film by Nicole Kidman) traced one of the Japanese guards who had been responsible for his torment. Remarkably, long after the war, the two men met again and Eric was able to achieve a measure of peace.

He died last year, aged 93, before the film was finished, but he knew that it was being made. He had visited the set and had become close friends with Colin Firth. Patti Lomax will be guest of honour at the first screening in the UK.

The book, on which the film is based and from which it takes its title, is being reprinted. Copies of earlier editions can be found on such as Amazon, but it may be better to wait for the new edition to become available. To anyone interested in the story, I'd also recommend the excellent audio recording that was done several years ago by Bill Paterson (Patrick Jamieson in FW3:2 Enemy Fire). I don't know if it is planned to re-release the audio book on CD, but the original tape cassette release can often be found on eBay UK (there's one there at the moment - note that it's the one by Eric Lomax).



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