GB / US
Dir: Stephen Daldry
Starring: Nicole Kidman and Julianne Moore
The story of three women in different times, related only by a parallel in their personal lives – the novel Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
This drama is based on Michael Cunningham’s 1999 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same title. One scene features Nicole Kidman and Stephen Dillane on the platform of ‘Richmond’ station, in reality Loughborough Central on the Great Central Railway. The locomotive is ex-LNER Class O4/1 2-8-0 No.63601 on a train of historic LSWR coaches. What is astonishing is that these coaches were brought to the line from the Isle of Wight Steam Railway by the production team, only to then be paired up with a loco in BR livery. For a scene that was supposedly set in 1941, a much more accurate ‘Southern’ station could so easily have been sought at the Bluebell Railway, or at Swanage. Or the Isle of Wight come to think of it. In reality very little of the train is actually seen but despite all this the scene filmed at Loughborough Central is quite lengthy and, in the opinion of the author, one of the best railway scenes of recent times. For the large part it is just the two main characters acting out their troubled life together, and one really does get the feel of a quiet country station between trains when very little activity would really have been taking place. A good variety of other rolling stock is visible during this sequence, including LNER teak carriages.