Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth have said they hope their new film about a soldier’s battle to overcome his torture while a Japanese prisoner of war will increase public awareness of veterans’ struggle to live normal lives.
The Oscar-winning actress and actor will shortly start filming The Railway Man, which tells the true story of how Eric Lomax’s wife helped him overcome the trauma he suffered in Burma during the Second World War.
Mrs Lomax set up a mission back to the Bridge on the River Kwai, where her husband confronted Nagase Takashi, the interpreter at his interrogations. The movie is based on a bestselling book of the same name he wrote about his experiences.
Miss Kidman, 44, said she was so moved by the story she instantly accepted the role but both she and Mr Firth emphasised its relevance to current events, with thousands of soldiers struggling to adapt on their return home from war.
Speaking at a press conference in Edinburgh ahead of a two-month shoot in Scotland, he said: “We do somehow see stories of what it’s like coming home from a war but we very rarely see stories about what it’s like decades later.
“This isn’t just a portrait of suffering. It’s a very, very specific story about how that kind of damage interacts with intimate relationships, with love.”