GB / US
Dir: Beeban Kidron
Starring: Vincent Perez and Rachel Weisz
In 19th century Cornwall, a shipwrecked Ukrainian peasant starts a doomed love affair with a simple country girl
This Anglo-American drama is based on the 1901 short story Amy Foster by Joseph Conrad and is usually seen under its US title of Swept from the Sea. The snowy railway scenes supposedly set in Ukraine were in fact filmed in the UK, using both the Keighley & Worth Valley and the North Yorkshire Moors Railways. Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Aspinall Class 27 0-6-0 No.1300 was employed for these scenes for which it was renumbered ‘H-17’, and suitably weathered to look like a vintage Russian locomotive. It was fitted with a cow-catcher and a huge headlight to add to the Continental-style effect and was hauling a mixed bag of freight stock and parcels vans. Nonetheless, a significant amount of CGI was undertaken in the scenes that show the train passing through the vast prairie landscapes and arriving into Hamburg at night.