Colin Firth has done well in previous years to break out of the shadows of his costume drama past with roles in Genova, a stunning turn in A Single Man and, of course, the award magnet that was King George VI in The King’s Speech.

What the previous films have done is allow the actor space to find new ground and craft some unforgettable characters, and in Eric Lomax there is a strong foundation for Firth and director Jonathan Teplitzky to create an extraordinary performance.

Yesterday we posted our interview with Jeremy Irvine, who plays the younger Eric Lomax, you can see that interview here and read our review of the film here.

Our friend James Kleinmann sat down with the actor to talk about the film, what drew him to it and why he felt the story needed to be told.