The Railway Man, based on the best-selling memoir by Eric Lomax, tells the extraordinary true story of a British Army officer who is tormented as a prisoner of war at a Japanese labour camp during World War II.
Decades later, and with the love and support of his wife Patti, Eric attempts to make peace with his past, and sets out to confront the Japanese interpreter he holds responsible for much of his treatment.
Starring Academy Award-winners Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman, and Jeremy Irvine, the film is a powerful tale of survival, love and redemption.
See the film, then visit the locations!
The Railway Man was filmed in Scotland, Australia and Singapore, with the shoot based in Edinburgh for several weeks while locations such as North Berwick, the Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway, Perth’s Victorian railway station and St Monans Church in Fife were deployed.
From the atmospheric cobbled streets of the Old Town to the beautiful Georgian avenues of the New Town, Edinburgh’s a architectural landscape is one of dramatic contrasts reflecting its rich history and intriguing past and a source to hundreds of film makers every year.
Wander through its atmospheric streets, from the iconic Royal Mile leading to the medieval fortress of Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, to bustling Princes Street where the towering Scott Monument stands.
The city’s backdrop of Arthur’s Seat, the Pentland Hills and Edinburgh’s Waterfront make the city a unique visitor destination. In just one day you can explore the city’s exciting new waterfront development, wander the cosmopolitan streets of the Port of Leith, take a cruise on the River Forth and explore the rugged terrain of the volcanic Arthur’s Seat.
Fife is rich in heritage, vibrant in spirit and has long favored by filmakers in search of beautiful, interesting and dramatic locations. Coastal influences have shaped Fife’s culture.
The north and east are peppered with romantic pan-tiled fishing villages when the sea provided food and work for local communities. To the south and west, villages give way to an industrial heartland. Ancient castles, royal dwellings and religious abbeys can be found throughout the area.
Described as Edinburgh’s Coast & Countryside, East Lothian is on the capital’s doorstep. Over 40 miles of magnificent coastline mixes award-winning beaches with stuning cliffs and the world’s finest selection of links golf courses including the famous Muirfield Links.
From the excitement of Musselburgh Racecourse to Concorde in all her glory; the award-winning Scottish Seabird Centre to the impressive clifftop fortress of Tantallon Castle, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Known as the garden of Scotland, savour delicious fresh local produce, as well as seafood specialities in East Lothian’s delicatessens, restaurants and cafes or at the weekly farmers’ market in Haddington.
For further information about films shot in Edinburgh, see Film Edinburgh,
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