In her latest film, The Railway Man, Nicole Kidman plays Patti Lomax, widow of the late Eric Lomax (1919-2012), who is portrayed by Colin Firth.
During the second world war, Lomax, a British Army Officer was arrested as a prisoner of war in Thailand under Japanese rule.
Ordered to work on the Burma-Siam Railway, he was tortured by the Japanese for making a crude radio. The Scot suffered serious emotional damage, but thanks to his wife and the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture, Lomax learned to deal with his terrible experiences. Fifty years after it all in fact, he met one of his torturers.
“I think they should be doing more, particularly over here in the States for the men who are now returning from Afghanistan," Nicole Kidman recently told The Guardian.
“And I'm sure it's the same in Britain. I'd be more than happy to be a spokesman for them because I don't think that it's dealt with anywhere near enough in the way it should be.”
The actress, who currently lives in Nashville, explains that does not "have to work " to survive.
"I have young children [five-year-old Sunday and three-year-old Faith] and I'm extremely lucky that I'm not an actor who has to do a job because I need to get paid. I can choose from a place of pure desire to put a story out in the world.”
Eric Lomax’s memoir, The Railway Man was first published in 1995 and describes the torture and deprivation he experienced in harrowing detail.
The film on which it is based (with script by Frank Cottrell Boyce) deals unflinchingly with the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as endured by Lomax. Directed by Australian Jonathan Teplitzky, The Railway Man was shot in Scotland, Thailand and Australia