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Rail move for Colin Firth

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A film is to be made of ‘The Railway Man’, the spell binding war memoir of Eric Lomax.

Jonathan Teplitzky is set to direct Rachel Weisz and Colin Firth in the picture.

Eric Lomax was a second lieutenant in the Royal Corp of Signals when he was captured by the Japanese army in Singapore during World War II.

As a prisoner of war in Kanchanaburi, Thailand, he was forced to work on the horrific ‘death railway’ in Burma and helped build the infamous bridge over the River Kwai.

Jeremy Irvine will play the younger Eric Lomax. Frank Cottrell Bryce and Andy Paterson are writing the script. Lomax, a Scot, was a lifelong railway enthusiast.


  1. “Engines Of War” by Christian Wolmar is the most thorough account of railways role in military conflicts.
    It is about time that the movie business re-introduces railway scenes and themes into films in general…
    Passenger rail in the USA & Canada were close to extinction at the hands of the auto-cratic-mobile, roads and airline lobbies. A great big HSR boost from President Obama, Vice President Biden and Transportation Secretary LaHood faces very stiff headwinds from the likes of the ‘regressive-conservative tea party’ and its auto-mobile-monopolistic masters.

  2. “The Bridge on the River Kwai” starring Alec Guiness, William Holden & Jack Hawkins, released in 1957 rates 5 colossal stars with me!


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