- Cast: Anne Hathaway, Jim Sturgess, Patricia Clarkson, Romola Garai, Jodie Whittaker, Georgia King, Ken Stott, Amanda Fairbank-Hynes, Rafe Spall, Jamie Sives, Matthew Beard, Sarah Jane O'Neill, Tom Mison, Natalie Hallam, Joséphine de La Baume, Gino Picciano, Thomas Arnold, Filippo Delaunay, Heida Reed, Seelan Gunaseelan
- Director: Lone Scherfig
- Writer: David Nicholls
- Producer: Nina Jacobson
- Co Producers: Raphaël Benoliel, Jane Frazer
- Executive Producer: Tessa Ross
- Art Direction: Denis Schnegg
- Casting: Lucy Bevan
- Costume Design: Odile Dicks-Mireaux
- D.O.P.: Benoît Delhomme
- Editor: Barney Pilling
- Makeup: Ivana Primorac
- Music: Rachel Portman
- Production Design: Mark Tildesley
- Set Decoration: Dominic Capon
Adapted from the internationally praised bestselling novel, "One Day" charts an extraordinary relationship. Emma (Academy Award nominee Anne Hathaway) and Dexter (Jim Sturgess) meet on the night of their college graduation – July 15th, 1988. She is a working-class girl of principle and ambition who dreams of making the world a better place. He is a wealthy charmer who dreams that the world will be his playground.
For the next two decades, every July 15th reveals to us how "Em" and "Dex" are faring, as their friendship ebbs and flows with the passing of the years. Through love and loss, heartbreak and success, hopes fulfilled and dreams shattered, they experience the grandeur of life. Somewhere along their journey, these two people realize that what they are searching and hoping for has been there for them all along.
- Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
- Filming Locations: Edinburgh, UK; London, UK; Paris, France
- MPAA Warning: Sexual content, partial nudity, language, some violence and substance abuse
- Production Companies: Color Force, Film Four, Random House Films
- Production Schedule: July 2010 - September 2010
2011 Guide Analysis: "When relationship dramas avoid a predictable structure, the results are usually quite interesting such as the recent "(500) Days of Summer". With 'Day', a friendship and slowly blossoming relationship is looked at in an entirely arbitrary way - by confining the onscreen action to the same day every year over the course of twenty years. Gradual changes in a person's appearance, personality, etc. are things you rarely notice if you're exposed to them on a daily or weekly basis. Seeing the same person only for a single brief period on an annual basis, said changes become far more visible.
It's a fascinating idea to explore which is why "Starter for 10" author David Nicholls' novel went on to great acclaim and why Random House Films and Focus Features teamed for this high-concept project that marks filmmaker Lone Scherfig's first effort since her acclaimed 2009 coming of age drama "An Education". Nicholls adapted his own book for the film which was shot last Summer in the UK, Scotland and France. Some have debated the casting of Hathaway in the role of what is essentially an insecure and admittedly "frumpy" woman at points.
Photos from the film are intriguing, showing Hathaway and Sturgess sporting wildly differing looks at points. However for this to work it will hopefully keep the reality and inner sadness of the book intact, make this too saccharine and you'd get "When Harry Met Sally 2". In the book the characters have wildly differing career paths, mixed success with relationships, and learn those admittedly depressing life lessons we all do with age - how we tolerate compromise, build up regrets, endure loneliness even in relationships, experience all kinds of disillusionment, and are randomly subjected to the cruelness of fate. It's not cheerful, but the cheerful romantic tales aren't normally ones that stick with you."