A great movie for a great cause

Mansfield Courier - - WHAT’S ON - By PETER HUNT pic­tured).

THE Mans­field Lions Club will be hav­ing a fundrais­ing evening on Mon­day, Fe­bru­ary 17 with all pro­ceeds do­nated to the Bin­da­ree Aux­il­iary.

Sup­per will be in­cluded in the cost of $20 per per­son and tick­ets are avail­able from the Mans­field Arm­chair Cinema – book­ings pre­ferred.

Based on Eric Lo­max’s best-sell­ing mem­oirs, The Rail­way Man is an ex­tra­or­di­nary and in­spir­ing true story of hero­ism, hu­man­ity and the re­deem­ing power of love.

The spe­cial treat for those at­tend­ing will be the chance to meet with di­rec­tor of the movie Jonathan Teplitzky (

The Mans­field Courier had the op­por­tu­nity to talk with Mr Teplitzky in Los An­ge­les about the movie.

The Courier be­gan by ask­ing him what he wanted peo­ple to take away from the movie.

“I hope the film re­minds peo­ple what hu­man be­ings are ca­pa­ble of, for good or bad,” he an­swered.

“It gives peo­ple a sense of a choice of ac­tions.

“They can re­con­nect with what hu­man­ity can do.”

It was a dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence for Mr Teplitzky mak­ing a movie about a real per­son he had met.

“It car­ries a dif­fer­ent re­spon­si­bil­ity and ideas on how you go about it,” he said.

“When you are deal­ing with the liv­ing you want to do the story jus­tice.

“How­ever, at times you get so swept up in the daily is­sues of mak­ing a movie you put it be­hind you.”

Colin Firth has spo­ken a lot about how the movie has af­fected him, and Mr Teplitzky agrees.

“There is no doubt that any movie, re­gard­less of the sub­ject, changes the ac­tors and the direc­tors,” he said.

“Some­thing as pow­er­ful as this changes the way you re­gard hu­man­ity.

“There are a mil­lion re­venge sto­ries, but not many like Eric Lo­max’s.”

Go along to the fundrais­ing night to see this in­cred­i­ble movie and chat with the di­rec­tor.

MEET UP: Krissy Ni­chol­son, author and world trav­eller, will visit the Mans­field Li­brary on Fe­bru­ary 21 to talk about her hu­man­i­tar­ian aid work and her lat­est book.

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