Dir: Richard Attenborough
Starring: Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger
The story of Oxford academic C. S. Lewis and his relationship with an American woman
The screenplay for this biographical film was by William Nicholson and it is based on his 1985 television production and 1989 stage adaptation of the same name. The critically acclaimed film is about the love-relationship between Oxford academic C. S. Lewis and American poet Joy Davidman, her death from cancer, and how this challenged Lewis’ Christian faith. The railway scenes in the film were shot on the Great Central Railway, with Loughborough Central standing in for ‘Oxford’. Ex-LMS Class 5MT ‘Black Five’ 4-6-0 No.45231 and ex-GWR ‘Castle’ Class 4-6-0 No.7029 Clun Castle were used in the film and were commendably weathered so as to look like typical work-stained locos of the 1950s.