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Review: BIFF red carpet and The Railway Man

Review: BIFF red carpet and The Railway Man

| On 19, Nov 2013

The smell of popcorn wafted through the air as the red carpet guests entered the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) for the Brisbane International Film Festival’s (BIFF) opening night.

A 3-piece orchestra played beautiful music as guests such as Patti Lomax, Paul Bradley, Sam Ho, John Jarrat, Mike Munro and Jonathan Shiff strutted the red carpet, posing for every camera in sight.

After the formalities of speeches, a few alcoholic beverages and some delicate canapés, everyone started entering either GOMA’s cinema A or B.

The premiere of The Railway Man, starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman, explores the true story of Eric Lomax, a man obsessed with trains, and his experience at a Japanese prisoner-at-war camp.

Wrenching at your gut at all the right moments, The Railway Man’s historical accuracy, amazing performances and beautiful cinematography showcased BIFF’s 140+ festival films perfectly.

Although informed at the beginning of the film, it isn’t until you’ve seen the film, felt the emotions and read the end supers that you realise; there are people who actually lived these moments.

To help emphasis this fact, the still-living Patti Lomax, wife of Eric Lomax and played by Nicole Kidman, enters the cinema to say hello.

Afterwards, the audience of the film retreated to GOMA for an after party alongside the guests of the festival.

The night continued on with more canapés, alcohol and musical entertainment.

People talked and mingled and reflected on The Railway Man.

The Brisbane International Film Festival continues until Sunday November 24th.

For more information on the scheduling, go to www.biff.com.au