Len and Keith Harris look over the fence towards the Ipswich Railway Workshops, where Keith trained and worked as an apprentice. Filming is due to begin today on The Railway Man.
Len and Keith Harris look over the fence towards the Ipswich Railway Workshops, where Keith trained and worked as an apprentice. Filming is due to begin today on The Railway Man. Claudia Baxter

Film team keeps low profile

IPSWICH'S old rail workshops may look like a relic from a bygone era, but they also make the perfect backdrop for a story of Second World War survival and heroism.

Although there was no sign of the stars of The Railway Man yesterday, word is that preparations for filming are well under way at the Ipswich location.

Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman will star in the movie.

Firth will be part of filming in Ipswich this week, along with co-stars Jeremy Irvine and Stellan Skarsgård.

Unfortunately for Kidman fans, the Oscar-winning redhead film siren's services are not required for the Ipswich leg of the production.

Anyone hoping to catch a glimpse of Firth and co while they are in Ipswich might also have a tough time.

There was talk of Mayor Paul Pisasale catching up with Firth sometime this week, but the Mayor would not comment on the rumours yesterday.

Filming will be conducted behind closed doors on the north-western end of the historic workshops.

Ipswich man Keith Harris, who was employed as an electrical apprentice at the workshops from 1964 until 1969, said it was sad to see his old training ground so deserted these days.

"I think it will be interesting to see the buildings on display again on film," he said.

If you spot Colin call the QT on 3817 1738.

 

Firth facts

  • Colin Firth was born in Grayshott on September 10, 1960.
  • He gained a legion of female fans playing Mr Darcy in the BBC's Pride and Prejudice.
  • He won his first Academy Award for The King's Speech.


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