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Edward Tomarken

, The Railway Man is, as we are informed at the outset, ‘a true story’. In fact, the film derives from an autobiography of the main character, Eric Lomax (Colin Firth), who was still alive when the film was being made: Colin Firth, who met Eric Lomax in Berwick-upon-Tweed where part of the film is set, is reported to have said the following: I think what is not often addressed is the effect over time. We do sometimes see stories about what it’s like coming home from war, we very rarely see stories about what it’s like decades later. This is not just

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