Ipswich to screen “The Railway Man” before release

9-2151727-ips161213film16a_t460Queensland:  IPSWICH’S newest cinema is to stage an advance charity screening of the anticipated film “The Railway Man” starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth.

The wartime drama has a special link to Ipswich, with some scenes from the movie filmed at the Ipswich Railway Workshops.

Based on a remarkable autobiography, the film tells the true story of Eric Lomax, a British Army officer who was tormented as a prisoner of war at a Japanese labour camp during World War 2.

The film’s producer Chris Brown, who is based in Queensland, said it was always important for him to try and bring film productions to his home state.

He said the Ipswich Rail Workshops had been the perfect space to film The Railway Man’s climactic scenes.

Mr Brown said filming at the location could not have worked without the support of Ipswich City Council, property owner Bob Ell and the community.

In light of its local connection, Limelight Cinemas CEO Ross Entwistle said he had arranged an advanced screening of the film at his newly opened movie theatre at Riverlink.

The screening will raise money for the Ipswich Mayor’s Community Fund and take place four days before The Railway Man’s national release.

The event will take place this Sunday at 4pm. Tickets cost $10.