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Saturday Afternoon Film : The Railway Man

Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman star in the powerful true story of a former army officer who tracks down his wartime torturer. After the fall of Singapore in 1942, young Scottish army lieutenant Eric Lomax (Jeremy Irvine) is captured by the Japanese. He's then forced to work on the notorious Thai-Burma railway. This becomes known as the 'Death Railway' because so many Allied prisoners of war die during its construction. Decades later, the adult Lomax (Colin Firth) is still suffering from the psychological trauma of those three and a half years of slave labour. But he meets beautiful Patricia Wallace (Nicole Kidman) on a train and they subsequently marry. With her encouragement, he sets out to track down Takashe Nagase (Hiroyuki Sanada) - the man who so brutally tortured him. Adapted from the late Eric Lomax's bestselling memoir of the same title, this is an extraordinarily moving account of the emotional aftermath of war.

Meet at 2.30pm, film starts at 2.40pm.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    A really great film - my grandfather was a prisoner of war - very humble at what he went through

    1 · January 11, 2014

    • Linda

      Agreed Clare it was brilliant and very moving....very emotional...

      January 11, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Nice meeting you Clare and everyone else today. I agree. The movie and what you said made me think of my grandad as well. He was stationed across Belgium and in The Netherlands and was I believe at the battle of Arnhem. In the Highland Light Infantry, I found a Facebook group talking about it. He survived the war but sadly he died at 79 in 1995 from complications of a stroke. What all those young men had to go through makes you realise the daily work routine with its little problems is not so bad for sure! A well made film and definitely worth seeing.

      2 · January 11, 2014

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