Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth arrive to film in Northumberland

FILM stars Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth are set to arrive in Northumberland today, The Journal understands.

Nicole Kidman on the set of the film The Railway Man

FILM stars Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth are set to arrive in Northumberland today, The Journal understands.

The Hollywood duo are playing the leading roles in The Railway Man, a film about the life of Berwick former prisoner of War Eric Lomax.

As reported by The Journal last week, parts of the film are being shot at Holy Island and in Berwick this week.

It is understood Kidman and Firth will be at Holy Island today, to film at its causeway and harbour for a short period.

Production bosses are keen to keep filming as low key as possible and it is not know exactly when they will be at Berwick.

Northern Film and Media’s production service has supported the project. Chief executive Tom Harvey said: “High-end productions such as The Railway Man generate huge profile for the region and make an important contribution to the regional economy through local spend and tourism benefits. We are thrilled to have played a role in facilitating filming of The Railway Man in Northumberland and the production will add to this region’s rich film heritage.”

The film is based on a best-selling book of the same name by Mr Lomax, 92, who was captured by the Japanese during the Second World War in Singapore. He was tortured while working on the “Death Railway” between Thailand and Burma and years later returned to confront his tormentor.

Oscar-winner Firth is to play Mr Lomax while Kidman plays his wife.

The $26m film is also being shot in Scotland, Thailand and Australia and is due for release in 2013.

 
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