The boss of the Australian government's film body has denied claims taxpayers' money was used to fund Nicole Kidman's trip to the Toronto International Film Festival last year (Sep13). The Oscar winner attended the Canadian movie event alongside Brit Colin Firth to promote their war film The Railway Man, but a recent error on Screen Australia's website made it appear that Kidman's travel expenses had been covered by funds given to the organisation by the public.
Screen Australia Chief executive Graeme Mason has now cleared up the mistake, revealing that the $12,854 (£8,034) travel grant had actually been awarded to the film's producer, Chris Brown.
Mason tells the Sydney Daily Telegraph, "Ms Kidman has never applied, she has not received (any money) and would never apply for any public money for something like this. She wouldn't even know these things exist.
"Because you had a couple of international stars and because it was in one of the three most important film festivals in the world, there was an application made to get some of those people (cast and crew) together to do as much work as they could to promote the film."
Mason also reveals that director Jonathan Teplitzky received a grant to make the journey from Australia.
The movie, about a British soldier captured by Japanese forces during World War II, was shot on location in both the U.K. and Australia.
Jeremy Irvine underwent terrifying waterboarding sessions to get into character for his new film The Railway Man. The star plays Scottish soldier Eric Lomax, who was captured and subjected to extreme violence in Thailand during World War II, and to fully understand what he went through, Irvine told director Jonathan Teplitzky to push him to his limits.
The War Horse actor tells Britain's Daily Mail, "I said: 'Go for it, OK? No stand-ins, no faking.' We rehearsed how we were going to do it, and I was controlling it all the way through.
"It was b**ody unpleasant, but I knew I wasn't in any danger. But I felt it was important that I convey the hell Eric went through.
"It had to look as real as possible. The older Eric is played by Colin (Firth) and to make sense of the trauma Eric experienced later, it was vital that he be seen to suffer through this awful torture.
"I was waterboarded for seconds at a time, over the course of two days, while the real Eric Lomax had to endure the real thing, time after time."
The form of torture involves a cloth being place over the mouth and nose while water is poured over, giving the victim the sensation of drowning.