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Production On The Railway Man Currently Underway In Scotland

Stellan Skarsgard & Nicole Kidman
The Railway Man directed by Jonathan Teplitzky and starring Stellan Skarsgård, Hiroyuki Sanada, Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman and upcoming Jeremy Irvine are among the cast of the film which commenced Principal photography in Scotland on April 30. Produced by Andy Paterson, Chris Brown and Bill Curbishley and executive produced by Claudia Blümhuber and Ian Hutchinson from Silver Reel, Zygi Kamasa for Lionsgate UK, Anand Tucker and Daria Jovicic. The ten-week shoot will move to Thailand and Queensland, Australia.

The film is an Australia/UK co-production between Pictures in Paradise and Archer Street, backed by Screen Australia in association with Silver Reel, Screen Queensland, Creative Scotland and Lionsgate UK.

Ruth Harley, CEO of Screen Australia, said: "Screen Australia is proud to be a major investor in The Railway Man. The Australian team boasts extraordinary talent with director Jonathan Teplitzky, producer Chris Brown and of course the hugely talented Nicole Kidman. We're looking forward to the production heading to Australia for the shoot in Queensland."

Zygi Kamasa, CEO of Lionsgate UK commented: "We are incredibly excited to start production on The Railway Man, which continues our commitment to British Film. We are looking forward to working with the whole team to make a film that combines a compelling story, outstanding cast and impressive team behind the camera."

Hiroyuki Sanada & Jeremy Irvine
Claudia Blumhuber and Ian Hutchinson, Partners in Silver Reel, the Entertainment Financier, stated: "We are thrilled to be a part of this great project. We believe that the incredible ensemble of talented people that have come together to adapt this touching story about revenge, love and hope for the screen will create a truly inspiring film."

Andrew Dixon, Chief Executive of Creative Scotland, commented: "Creative Scotland's investment in The Railway Man brings an inspiring story to life and showcases Scotland's assets as a filming location. The production brings with it an internationally renowned cast and will offer work for Scottish craft and technical crew, reinforcing our commitment to the local cultural economy."

Lionsgate International is handling international sales on the film, with sales already in place in many territories including France (Metropolitan), Benelux (E One), Russia (West), Greece (Spentzos), Switzerland (Ascot Elite), Latin America (Gussi), Scandinavia (Mislabel), and Poland (Forum).

The Railway Man is adapted by Frank Cottrell Boyce and Andy Paterson from Eric Lomax's best-selling book, the epic true story of a war hero and the woman who matched his courage to reclaim the man she loved. Eric Lomax (Firth) was one of thousands of Allied prisoners of war forced to work on the construction of the Thai/Burma railway during WW2. Years later, still haunted by memories of brutality and torture, he met a beautiful woman on a train

Lionsgate UK will release the film in the UK and Transmission will handle Australia and New Zealand, with Lionsgate UK and CAA handling US rights for the film.

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