We meet a young man (Jeremy Theobald), narrating a story to a stranger that quickly seems to take on ominous dimensions. An aspiring writer, it turns out
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Jeremy Theobald gets in too deep in Following.
Before he became a sensation with the twisty 2000 revenge story Memento, Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Rises, Inception) directed his first feature film, 1999’s Following, a low-budget, black-and-white, 16 mm neo-film noir mystery with comparable precision and cunning.
Following is the fragmented tale of an unemployed young writer (Jeremy Theobald) who trails strangers through London, hoping that they will provide inspiration for his first novel. He gets more than he bargained for with one of his unwitting subjects (Alex Haw), who leads him down a dark, criminal path.
With gritty aesthetics and a made-on-the-fly vibe (many shots were simply stolen on the streets, unbeknownst to passersby), Following is a mind-bending psychological journey that shows the remarkable beginnings of one of today’s most acclaimed filmmakers.
The DVD and Blu-ray editons of Following contain the following features:
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Directed By: Christopher Nolan
Written By: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Jeremy Theobald, Alex Haw, and Lucy Russell
Synopsis: Christopher Nolan writes and directs this odd, claustrophobic neo-noir film about a
Ambitious, darkly comic, but clumsy and cold, Christopher Nolan's (Inception, The Dark Knight) first feature, Following, showcases a talented writer/director's Herculean effort to show the world his neat bag of tricks.
Made for almost nothing, over a year of weekends (in between his job filming and recording sound on company training videos), and influenced by Robert Rodriguez (El Mariachi) and Kevin Smith (Clerks), Nolan envisaged a film that explored his favourite aspect of film noir: men who were defined by their often brutal actions.
The idea was a bold one: to shoot no more than two usable takes per set-up, to shoot only with natural light, in cheap, available locations and to work around the respective
The film is bare, cut and dry almost to the point of The Limey (1999), beginning with a young struggling writer (Jeremy Theobald
A fascinating introduction to the talent and vision of a filmmaker who is fast becoming one of the major American directors of our time, Following originally debuted in 1998, and enjoyed a quick succession of Festival prizes and wild critical acclaim. The film is a sly neo-noir thriller which follows a writer who picks out strangers at random from the crowded streets of London shadows them see where they go, how they spend their days. Following features the innovative blend of high-minded style and genre elements that Nolan has now made his trademark.
The film will enjoy a three
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