Briefly: The BFI London Film Festival is getting a little bigger every year. Last year it was given a push when Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox debuted at the fest. This year, the festival will open on October 13 with the European premiere of Mark Romanek‘s new film Never Let Me Go, which adapts the novel of the same name by Kazuo Ishiguro.
That isn’t the film’s world premiere, as it will first bow at the Toronto International Film Festival, but it’s a good booking for the London fest regardless. Doesn’t hurt that there’s a lot of British talent on board, among them screenwriter Alex Garland and cast Andrew Garfield, Carey Mulligan and Keira Knightley. (The film will already be open in the US by the time of this showing; it hits Stateside screens on September 15, right after the TIFF premiere.)
There’s a solid if low-key buzz on the film, which looks like a lush, smart take on Ishiguro’s novel, even if some of the marketing might be trying to trick us into thinking it’s a bit more overtly sci-fi than the film likely is. Regardless, can’t wait to see this one; check out the trailer if you haven’t already.
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. More information on both films, after the jump.
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It’s probably been awhile since most of you have seen any work by director Mark Romanek. After directing One Hour Photo in 2002, Romanek quit Universal’s Wolfman remake amidst reports of production troubles.
However, it looks like Romanek’s next film will soon be in theaters. Romanek tweeted last night (via The Film Stage) that the Alex Garland-scripted Never Let Me Go is complete, and will be out in select cities beginning October 1. Here’s the plot synopsis from IMDB:
An alternate history story of a woman who, as she reflects on her private school years in the English countryside, reunites with her two friends to face the dark secrets tied to their communal past.
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There’s been a few little bits of interesting Mark Romanek business hit the web in recent days and I think a quick round up is in order.
Firstly, Mark Salisbury wrote a piece for Time Out on The Wolfman, giving some clues as to why Romanek left the project and how the picture changed when Joe Johnston came on board. Suffice to say, the article supports my suspicions that had Romanek been supported by the studio, the finished film would have benefited.
More recently, Romanek published a couple of interesting pictures to his Posterous account. You can see them both below the break as well as what we might surmise from them.
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Creepy. Funny. And actually a rather sad.
Mark Romanek has been developing the film as a potential directing vehicle, and while it is early days, it seems that he’s already started to size up one of his stars.
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Mark Romanek is currently on location in the UK town of Clevedon, North Somerset, filming his melancholy sci-fi mystery Never Let Me Go with Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield and just about every other great British actor currently in their 20s. In case you do not yet know, it was adapted by Alex Garland – who previously scripted 28 Days Later and a draft of the proposed Halo film – from a novel by Kazuo Ishiguro.
As well as a video clip snooping on a scene being shot (which you can see hosted on a BBC website but was not designed so that it might be embedded elsewhere) several paparazzi-style pictures have appeared here and there, showing the filming taking place and, as ever, the actors standing about between takes. I’ve put some after the break as well as some every basic, and not very spoilery, information to help you contextualise them.
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Shooting has this week started on Mark Romanek‘s Never Let Me Go, an eerie but tender science fiction drama adapted from the novel by Kazuo Ishiguro. Already announced as starring were Keira Knightley, Andrew Garfield and Carey Mulligan, with Sally Hawkins, Nathalie Richard, Andrea Riseborough and Charlotte Rampling now named as members of the supporting cast by ScreenDaily.
Staggering stuff – Garfield, Mulligan, Hawkins and Riseborough are amongst the very best of this new generation of UK actors. To see them all lined up to contribute, and collaborate with Romanek, teases me cruelly with an almost absurd anticipation for the finished work.
More details, and images, after the break.
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