Star spotters should keep an eye out for Oscar winners Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth in Northumberland this week as filming of The Railway Man gets underway in the county.
Supported by Northern Film & Media’s Production Service, Kidman and Firth star in the new $26m feature which tells the story of 92 year-old Berwick resident and former prisoner of war Eric Lomax.
Based on the best-selling book by the same name, the film describes Lomax’s torture during the building of the “Death Railway” between Thailand and Burma and his return to the bridge over the River Kwai to search for those responsible for his torment many years later.
Principal photography got underway in Scotland last month and filming will take place at locations such as Berwick-upon-Tweed and Holy Island this week before moving to Thailand and Queensland, Australia.
“High-end productions such as The Railway Men generate huge profile for the region and make an important contribution to the regional economy through local spend and tourism benefits,” said Tom Harvey, Northern Film & Media’s chief executive.
“We are thrilled to have played a role in facilitating filming of The Railway Man in Northumberland and the production will add to this region’s rich film heritage.”