Colin Firth and his wife Livia Giuggioli attended the screening of The Railway Man at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on 6 September 2013.

Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman in The Railway Man at Toronto International Film Festival

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Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman and Jeremy Irvine were amongst the cast members at The Railway Man premiere during The Toronto Film Festival on 6 September. The film has been highly anticipated since filming began and not just because of its spectacular cast.

A story of forgiveness

The Railway Man is based on a true story about a British officer called Eric Lomax (Colin Firth) who was captured during World War II and tortured by a Japanese officer. Despite being released when the war ends he is unable to come to terms with his experience and his wife Patti (Nicole Kidman) convinces him to confront his captor in order to let go of his bitterness and hatred.

Nicole Kidman rarely appears in films these days as she prefers to spend time with her children but she admits she felt strongly about being involved in the flick.

"I wanted to do it because of what it's about: forgiveness," she told USA Today. "I'd never worked with Colin. I subsequently did another. I'm now attached at the hip to him."

Still relevant

The cast worked closely with Eric, who wrote the book of the same name following his experiences, and his wife, Patti. Unfortunately, Eric died last year before he could see any of the film footage but he did manage to visit the set and meet both Colin and Nicole before he passed away. Patti attended the premiere.

Speaking at the press conference on Sunday 8 September, Patti emphasised the film's relevance today and the need for support for the troops returning from Afghanistan and Iraq.

"Unless they get real help immediately after they come back, and ongoing, for themselves and their families, then the trauma they have received colours their whole lives," she told The Guardian.

The film has received mixed reviews and will be released in early 2014.

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