GLOBAL superstar Nicole Kidman will bring a touch of Hollywood glamour to Berwick next week when she arrives in town to shoot her latest film.
The Australian actress is due in the area along with Colin Firth to shoot The Railway Man at locations in Edinburgh, North Berwick, Berwick-upon-Tweed and Holy Island. Directed by Jonathan Teplitzky, the film adaptation of the book written by Berwick resident Eric Lomax will be one of the most high-profile British films of next year, with a budget of around £12 million.
It tells of Mr Lomax’s time as a Japanese prisoner of war working on the infamous ‘Death Railway’ of World War Two.
Now 92, Mr Lomax, who comes from Edinburgh and lives in Berwick, was a lieutenant in the Royal Corps of Signals when he was captured by the Japanese after the fall of Singapore in 1942.
Actor Colin Firth, who will play Lomax and has already visited Berwick twice, is also expected back in town next week. Kidman is to play Patti, the wife of Eric Lomax.
“I was trying to form the character first and then meet her so that I was not trying to force myself into being her,” explained the actress.
“I have to find my own way. She is very much the heroine of this film. That is what drew me to the role.”
Both stars have been struck by the relevance of the story.
Firth said: “Just about any era you could name could be held famous for its brutality. Sadly, I can’t envisage a time when it won’t be relevant.”
Kidman added: “I found the subject matter very moving. That’s what drew me to it, that and the power of somebody loving somebody through trauma. I found that inspiring.”
The actress revealed she was looking forward to working in the area, and that it was not her first visit. Speaking at a photoshoot with Firth in Edinburgh, Kidman recalled a long road trip through the borders and Scotland that she made with a boyfriend in her youth.
Kidman, the star of films like Moulin Rouge and Australia, says she is now “polishing” her British accent.