The Railway Man director in Perth for Q&A screening

The Railway Man director in Perth for Q&A screening

Transmission films have announced a very special screening of The Railway Man taking place in Perth on Tuesday 10th December involving a Q&A session with the film’s director Jonathan Teplitzky! Click on the link for all the details.



TRANSMISSION FILMS is proud to announce a special screening in Perth with Australian director Jonathan Teplitzky (Burning Man, Better Than Sex, Gettin’ Square) on Tuesday 10 December, 6.30pm at Cinema Paradiso.  Jonathan will take part in a Q&A session after the film in the cinema.

THE RAILWAY MAN is an extraordinary and inspiring true story of heroism, humanity and the redeeming power of love, based on Eric Lomax’s best-selling memoir of the same name. Eric Lomax was one of thousands of Allied prisoners of war forced to work on the construction of the Thai/Burma railway during WW2.

On his return from war, Eric is tormented by his memories and trapped by a code of silence that will destroy him, until the determination of the woman he loves gives him the strength to face and survive the battlefield of his mind.  Alongside Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman and Jeremy Irvine, the stellar cast also includes Stellan Skarsgard, Sam Reid, Tanroh Ishida and Hiroyuki Sanada.

The film is an Australia/UK co-production, shot in Scotland, Queensland and Thailand, with major sequences filmed on the actual Death Railway.

The Q&A session will be hosted by Annie Murtagh-Monks, Skills & Engagement Coordinator at FTI, whose own father-in-law aged 94 was a prisoner of war on the Burma Railway.  There will be special guests attending from The Walk Home, a group dedicated to helping everyday Australians understand the effects of both physical and mental wounds on a soldier personal and professional life. Mark Donaldson VC will be in attendance as one of their guests.

The Railway Man is Jonathan Teplitzky’s fourth feature film. His most recent film was Burning Man, which he directed from his own screenplay. Shot in Sydney with backing from Paramount and Screen Australia, this reckless, sexy and ultimately intensely moving story of a father and son’s journey back to happiness, received ten nominations at the 2013 Australian Academy Awards, including Best Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay.  Teplitzky won the Australian Writers Guild Award for Best Screenplay.

The film, starring Matthew Goode, Bojana Novakovic, Essie Davis, Kerry Fox and Rachel Griffiths, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and was released in the US by IFC in July 2012. Teplitzky studied film and television at Middlesex University, London, graduating in 1989 with First Class Honours. After spending more than a decade living and working overseas, he returned to Australia to write and direct his first film, Better Than Sex, starring David Wenham and Susie Porter.

The film opened the 2000 Sydney International Film Festival and was selected for the Telluride, Toronto, New York, and London festivals. Better Than Sex was nominated in eight categories at the 2000 AFI awards, including best film, and sold to over fifty countries, premiering in the US in October 2001.

Teplitzky’s second feature, Gettin’ Square, starred Sam Worthington (Avatar) and Timothy Spall. The film went on to receive 12 AFI nominations, and was released worldwide to critical acclaim in 2003.

Jonathan has directed more than 100 commercials and music videos and has been represented by internationally renowned production company, Partizan. He has worked as a director of photography and camera operator, reflecting his love of photography and composition. His photographs have been included in several exhibitions in Sydney, London and New York.  He lives in Bondi with his partner and two children.

TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW FOR THIS EVENT at Normal cinema prices apply $17.50/$13.

THE RAILWAY MAN opens in cinemas everywhere on Boxing Day.

Leith spent most of his formative years growing up on the coastal fringes of Western Australia without a cinema in sight. There he grew up on the wonders of home rentals before relocating to Perth and gaining access to a proper cinematic experience just in time for the Star Wars Special Edition re-releases. From there Leith's love of movies expanded to volunteering on a Star Wars fan film, reviewing films, writing about film news, and attending film and pop-culture related conventions on the other side of the world. Leith's favourite films are too many to mention but all start with the Star Wars saga, Back to the Future, the Dark Knight trilogy, Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings and all things Kevin Smith. With an insatiable appetite for all things pop-culture related Leith also has an unhealthy addiction to the world of comics and can often be found buried under a pile of unread back issues madly trying to catch up on a number of titles coming out from mostly DC and Darkhorse.