GB / IRE
Dir: Neil Jordan
Starring: Cillian Murphy and Liam Neeson
An Irish transvestite goes to London to search for his mother
This pretty weird comedy drama may well be a clever and astute piece, but it does get rather wearisome. It features a number of London-based railway scenes that include a scene filmed on the footbridge at London Paddington station with an HST, a Class 332 ‘Heathrow Express’ EMU and a Class 180 ‘Adelante’ DMU visible in the background. There is a brief scene filmed onboard a D stock train of the London Underground District Line, and a scene filmed at Gloucester Road Piccadilly Line Underground station with 1973-built tube stock present. Finally, there are good scenes filmed on Southend Pier which include some of the rolling stock operating the 3ft gauge pier railway. Train A Sir John Betjeman, one of the two seven-car sets built by Severn Lamb Engineering Co. is visible in one long shot, along with the 3-axle battery car built by Castleline of Nottingham in another. This vehicle is numbered 1835, the year in which Southend Pier first appeared on Admiralty Charts, and it is used for winter services. The Southend scenes are quite good, and they include a brief ‘ride’ on a train. The film was based on the 1998 novel of the same name by Patrick McCabe.