GB / CAN
Dir: David Cronenberg
Starring: Ralph Fiennes and Miranda Richardson
A mentally disturbed man is released but is haunted with visions from his past
This very decent psychological thriller is based on the 1991 novel of the same name by Patrick McGrath, who also wrote the screenplay. There is a very good opening shot of Class 47 No.47774 Poste Restante arriving at London St Pancras station with a rake of blue and grey Mk.1 coaches, one of which is TSO No.5002. A Class 170 ‘Turbostar’ DMU can be seen in the background and, most interestingly, the Class 47 has a transfer sticker of a BR ‘double arrow’ placed over the top of the blue bars of its Res livery! Later in the film, there are several scenes filmed in the allotments at Eton Wick adjacent to the floodplain viaduct on the Windsor & Eton Central branch. There is also a scene filmed adjacent to the Regents Canal and a pair of Class 317 EMU’s cross the bridge over the canal just north of Cambridge Heath station. One of the 317’s is in NSE livery, but the other is in the relatively short-lived WAGN white and black.