Following her appearance at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival for the World premiere of The Railway Man where she and the cast received a standing ovation and rapturous response, the Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF) announced today Patti Lomax will be attending the Australian premiere screening of The Railway Man, on Wednesday 13 November at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA.)
Patti Lomax is the widow of Eric Lomax whose best-selling memoir is brought to the big screen in The Railway Man. Patti is portrayed by Nicole Kidman in an extraordinary and inspiring true story of heroism, humanity and the redeeming power of love.
“We are so privileged to be welcoming Patti Lomax as our special guest at the Brisbane International Film Festival’s opening night gala screening of The Railway Man,” stated BIFF Festival Director, Jennie Hughes.
“Patti was a pivotal figure in the life of Eric Lomax. As his loving wife, she helped Eric survive the battlefields of his mind years after the war had ended and was an inspiration for the penning of his bestseller memoir so eloquently told in The Railway Man.
“The Brisbane audience will be given the first opportunity in Australia to watch this powerful and historical biopic of Eric Lomax and see the love he shared with his wife Patti, a powerful woman who shines the spotlight on the notions of reconciliation and restoration.”
The Railway Man director Jonathan Teplitzky (Burning Man, Better Than Sex, Gettin’ Square) and Gold Coast-based producer Chris Brown (Return to Nim’s Island, Bait, Daybreakers, The Proposition) will be joining Patti Lomax on the red carpet for the Australian premiere of their film that was partially shot in Queensland
BIFF shall also be presenting, in association with the Screen Producers Association of Australia (SPAA), a special industry session “In-Depth with the Filmmakers of The Railway Man” with special guest Patti Lomax on Thursday 14 November at 4.00pm at the State Library of Queensland.
Attendees will be given the opportunity to meet Patti Lomax plus the filmmakers behind BIFF’s Opening Night film, The Railway Man, Jonathan Teplitzky and Chris Brown, as they reveal how Eric Lomax’s moving war memoir and best-selling novel was adapted to film and what it took to bring this extraordinary story to the screen.
The Railway Man is directed by Jonathan Teplitzky and produced by Chris Brown (The Proposition), Andy Paterson (Girl with a Pearl Earring) and Bill Curbishley (Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who.) Based on the memoir of Eric Lomax, the screenplay is by Frank Cottrell Boyce (24 Hour Party People) and Andy Paterson.
The film’s talented ensemble includes: Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, A Single Man), Nicole Kidman (Stoker, Australia), Jeremy Irvine (War Horse, Great Expectations), Stellan Skarsgard (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Thor), Hiroyuki Sanada (The Wolverine, The Last Samurai) Sam Reid (Anonymous) and Tanroh Ishida (Gambit.)
Tickets for The Railway Man Australian premiere screening being consecutively screened at the Palace Barracks, Petrie Terrace Brisbane on Wednesday 13 November are now on sale at
Plus to register for the industry session, “In-Depth with the Filmmakers of The Railway Man” with special guest, Patti Lomax, on Thursday 14 November, please also go to
The Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF) presented by Screen Queensland is being held at venues across Brisbane from November 13-24 2013.

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