Review: BIFF red carpet and The Railway Man
Kristina Chapman | 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 Festivalâ€™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 canapÃ©s, everyone started entering either GOMAâ€™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 Manâ€™s historical accuracy, amazing performances and beautiful cinematography showcased BIFFâ€™s 140+ festival films perfectly.
Although informed at the beginning of the film, it isnâ€™t until youâ€™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 canapÃ©s, 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