LONDON, (RPRN) April 14, 2009 â€“ DNA Films, Fox Searchlight Pictures and Film4 announced that principle photography on NEVER LET ME GO commenced today in the UK. The film stars Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield, Charlotte Rampling, Sally Hawkins, Nathalie Richard and Andrea Riseborough. Mark Romanek (ONE HOUR PHOTO) directs, with Alex Garland (28 DAYS LATER, SUNSHINE) adapting the screenplay from critically acclaimed author Kazuo Ishiguroâ€™s novel; both also serve as executive producers. Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich are producing for DNA Films where the project was developed.
â€œWe are delighted to be shooting this special project, which Alex Garland first brought to us before the book’s publication in 2005,â€ said Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich of DNA Films. â€œWe could not be happier to have assembled such a remarkable cast and crew for this extraordinary story.â€
â€œFrom the moment I finished the novel, it became my dream to film it. Ishiguro’s conception is so daring — so eerie and beautiful. Alex Garland’s adaptation is sensitive and precise. The cast is perfect. The crew, superb. I am deeply grateful to be working with DNA Films, Film4, and my friends at Fox Searchlight on this exceptional project,â€ said director Mark Romanek.
â€œWe are thrilled once again to be working with director Mark Romanek and the fantastic producing team at DNA on this haunting, emotionally moving love story,â€ said Fox Searchlight COOâ€™s Nancy Utley and Steve Gilula. â€œWe look forward to seeing Kazuo Ishiguroâ€™s elegant prose brought to life by such an immensely talented cast and director.â€
â€œWe’re all so excited at Film4 to be supporting this film – the script, the cast, the director, the crew and the producers at DNA – every element of the project feels absolutely right. And the fact that all of this stems from one of recent history’s most magnificent novels – a book that I’ve admired hugely since it was first published – makes us feel very lucky indeed,â€ said Tessa Ross, Head of Film4 & Controller of Film and Drama, Channel 4.
NEVER LET ME GO is a poignant love story, adapted from Kazuo Ishiguroâ€™s bestselling, Booker Prize short listed novel of the same name. As children, Ruth (Keira Knightley), Kathy (Carey Mulligan) and Tommy (Andrew Garfield), spend their childhood at a seemingly idyllic English boarding school. As they grow into young adults, they find that they have to come to terms with the strength of the love they feel for each other, while preparing themselves for the haunting reality that awaits them.
NEVER LET ME GO will shoot for 9 weeks in the UK on location.
About DNA Films
DNA Films is devoted to producing, financing and distributing theatrical British feature films for a worldwide audience. Since its creation in 1997 it has financed and produced films such as THE HISTORY BOYS, NOTES ON A SCANDAL, THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND, SUNSHINE and both 28 DAYS and 28 WEEKS LATER. The company is led by Andrew Macdonald (Producer SHALLOW GRAVE, TRAINSPOTTING, THE BEACH, 28 DAYS LATER) with producing partner Allon Reich and Joanne Smith head of business affairs.
Film4, headed by Tessa Ross, is Channel 4 Televisionâ€™s feature film division. The company develops and co-finances film productions and is known for working with the most innovative talent in the UK, whether new or established. Film4â€™s most recent releases include Danny Boyleâ€™s, SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, Steve McQueenâ€™s HUNGER, Martin McDonaghâ€™s IN BRUGES and Mike Leighâ€™s HAPPY-GO-LUCKY. Upcoming Film4 projects include Ken Loachâ€™s LOOKING FOR ERIC, Paul Kingâ€™s BUNNY AND THE BULL, Tom Harperâ€™s SCOUTING BOOK FOR BOYS, Peter Jacksonâ€™s THE LOVELY BONES, Sam Taylor Woodâ€™s NOWHERE BOY, Mark Romanekâ€™s NEVER LET ME GO, Kevin Macdonaldâ€™s EAGLE OF THE NINTH and Mike Leighâ€™s 09 Project.
About Fox Searchlight Pictures
Fox Searchlight Pictures is a specialty film company that both finances and acquires motion pictures. It has its own marketing and distribution operations, and its films are distributed internationally by Twentieth Century Fox. Fox Searchlight Pictures is a unit of Fox Filmed Entertainment, a unit of Fox Entertainment Group.
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For more information contact:
Kate Lee, Freud Communications, + 44 (0) 20 3 003 6349 or + 44 (0) 7771 600070
Sarah Clark, NEVER LET ME GO, + 44 (0) 20 7622 6419
Diana Loomis, Fox Searchlight Pictures, 212 556 8260