The Railway Man

by Jonathan Teplitzky Gala Premieres

Asia during the Second World War. Scottish Officer Eric Lomax is captured in Singapore by the Japanese and sent to a prisoner of war camp, where he is forced to work, along with many others, on the Thai-Burma Railway; his appalling experiences there are defined by cruelty and torture. Lomax survives, but continues to suffer the psychological trauma decades later. Until, that is, his wife Patti convinces him to search for his torturer and confront him with his dark deeds. Together with his friend Finlay, Lomax returns to the scene of his torment. Will this journey turn into a campaign of revenge – or will Lomax finally manage to put his past and its ghosts to rest? Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman and Stellan Skarsgård excel in this literary adaptation of an autobiographical novel by Eric Lomax.


  • Genre: Drama
  • Country, Year: Australia, UK, 2013
  • Runtime: 116 Min
  • Languages: English
  • Subtitles: German
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  • Director: Jonathan Teplitzky
  • Cast: Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Nicole Kidman, Jeremy Irvine, Hiroyuki Sanada, Sam Reid, Tanroh Ishida
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  • Screenplay: Frank Cottrell Boyce, Andy Paterson
  • Cinematography: Garry Phillips
  • Editor: Martin Connor
  • Sound: Craig Walmsley, Colin Nicolson, Andrew Plain, Gethin Creagh
  • Music: David Hirschfelder
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  • Producers: Bill Curbishley, Andy Paterson, Chris Brown
  • Executive Producers: Claudia Blumhuber, Ian Hutchinson, Zygi Kamasa, Nick Manzi, Daria Jovicic, Anand Tucker
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  • Production Companies: Trinifold, Railway Man Ltd, Pictures in Paradise
  • World Sales: Lionsgate
  • Swiss Distribution: Elite Film AG
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