1hr 56mins
Dir: Jonathan Teplitzky
Starring: Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman

A former British Army officer discovers that the man responsible for much of his treatment as a PoW is still alive and sets out to confront him

This war drama is an adaptation of the bestselling autobiography of the same name by Eric Lomax, published in 1995. It has some very good railway scenes early on that were filmed at Perth station, with BR maroon-liveried Mk.1 coaching stock provided by the Scottish Railway Preservation Society forming the train. In the first scene as Colin Firth runs to get on the train at Platform 3, Perth stands in as ‘Crewe’ and Corridor Brake Standard No.35185 is one coach that is identifiable. The scenes onboard the train were filmed on the Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway, though Platform 4 at Perth can be seen through the window as the train initially departs. There is then a very good run by of Class 45 ‘Peak’ No. D123 Leicestershire and Derbyshire Yeomanry on the Great Central Railway with a train of maroon Mk.1’s before Perth is then seen again, masquerading this time as ‘Edinburgh Waverley’, and the train is standing at Platform 5 with 37676 Loch Rannoch at the helm. For the arrival at ‘Perth’ in these scenes the train is in fact arriving at Bo’ness, and through the carriage window, an unidentified diesel shunter is seen passing behind Colin Firth. The shot of the ‘Peak’ is actually stock footage, having originally been filmed for the 2010 film Cemetery Junction (qv)! Other shots filmed at Bo’ness appear throughout the movie. There is a good platform level shot and Mk,1 Open Standard No.4856 is visible in another. The traumatic scene whereby Stellan Skarsgård hangs himself from the station footbridge was also filmed at Bo’ness, though it was implied in the film as being Warminster. Finally, there is a shot of Colin Firth overlooking the Royal Border Bridge and a very rare shot filmed beneath the arches of the bridge on the southern banks of the River Tweed at Tweedmouth. This imposing structure has featured surprisingly little in UK films.

Colin Firth runs to catch the train on platform 3 at Perth
The run by of Class 45 ‘Peak’ No. D123 Leicestershire and Derbyshire Yeomanry on the Great Central Railway, a shot which had been filmed initially for the 2010 comedy Cemetery Junction.
Colin Firth on a train as it arrives into Bo’ness station. Just what is that locomotive visible through the carriage window? I don’t know, but I hope someone can enlighten me.
Another scene at Perth with maroon Mk.1’s, this time on platform 5
In this more expansive shot of Perth’s platform 5 we see the Class 37 at the head of the train. It is 37676 Loch Rannoch, complete with the West Highland Terrier ‘Scottie Dog’ emblem from the former Eastfield depot. Very few 37’s have appeared on film, which is a shame. One notable point is that the locomotive is operated by West Coast Railway Co and their company branding has not been removed for the filming.
Colin Firth and a member of the train staff discuss some aspect of the train on the platform at Bo’ness. This is an interesting low-level view with a carmine and cream-liveried Mk.1 in the foreground.
Having stood up, Colin Firth is reflected in the carriage window
This is the final arty shot filmed at Perth
These are the arches of the Royal Border Bridge at Berwick-upon-Tweed as seen from ground level
Colin Firth admires the Royal Border Bridge