The Railway Man, starring Oscar winners Colin Firth (The King’s Speech), Nicole Kidman (The Hours) and Jeremy Irvine (War Horse) will open on 26 December 2013, and Tracks, starring Mia Wasikowska (Jane Eyre, Alice and Wonderland) and Adam Driver (Girls, Frances Ha) will open on 6 March 2014.
“Transmission Films is proud to be distributing these two superb Australian films. Both are extremely engaging and moving pieces of cinemas, featuring some the best actors working in the world today, and brought to the screen by exceptional creative teams,” said Andrew Mackie from Transmission Films.
The Railway Man is an extraordinary and inspiring true story of heroism, humanity and the redeeming power of love. The story is based on Eric Lomax’s best-selling memoir of the same name. Lomax was one of thousands of Allied prisoners of war forced to work on the construction of the Thai/Burma railway during WW2. His experiences, after the secret radio he built to bring news and hope to his colleagues was discovered, left him traumatised and shut off from the world.
The film was shot in Scotland, Queensland and Thailand, with major sequences filmed on the actual Death Railway. The film’s stellar cast also includes Stellan Skarsgard, Sam Reid, Tanroh Ishida and Hiroyuki Sanada. It is directed by Jonathan Teplitzky (Burning Man), from a screenplay by Frank Cottrell Boyce and Andy Paterson.
Tracks, which is based on Robyn Davidson’s best-selling novel, will open this year’s Adelaide Film Festival on 10 October 2013 before its general 2014 cinema release. It tells the inspirational true story of Robyn Davidson and her 2700km solo trek from the harsh centre of Australia to the Indian Ocean, aided only by her faithful canine companion Diggity, four camels and the National Geographic photographer who chronicled this epic modern adventure.
Shot in South Australia and the Northern Territory the film shows the incredible beauty and brutality of the Australian landscape. The film is directed by John Curran (The Painted Veil, We Don’t Live Here Anymore) and produced by Emile Sherman and Iain Canning, the Academy Award-winning team behind The King’s Speech.