How I Live Now

November 8th 2013
  • Sci-Fi/Thriller,
  • R,
  • 101 min,
  • Magnolia Pictures
  • Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Tom Holland, Anna Chancellor, George MacKay, Corey Johnson, Sophie Ellis, Harley Bird, Natasha Jonas, Sabrina Dickens, Boyd Rogers, Julian Gillard, Danny McEvoy, Carl Sykes, Clive Shaw, Colin Oliver, Julian Gillard, Gavin Sims, Georgina Fox, Sarah Barnett, Tony Arvanitis, Julian Seager
  • Director: Kevin MacDonald
  • Writers: Jack Thorne, Jeremy Brock, Tony Grisoni, Penelope Skinner, Meg Rosoff
  • Producers: John Battsek, Alasdair Flind, Andrew Ruhemann, Charles Steel
  • Associate Producer: Nicole Stott
  • Art Direction: Astrid Sieben
  • Castings: Nina Gold, Cindy Tolan
  • Costume Design: Jane Petrie
  • D.O.P.: Franz Lustig
  • Editor: Jinx Godfrey
  • Makeup: Marese Langan
  • Music: Jon Hopkins
  • Production Design: Jacqueline Abrahams


Set in the near-future UK, Saoirse Ronan plays Daisy, an American teenager sent to stay with relatives in the English countryside. Initially withdrawn and alienated, she begins to warm up to her charming surroundings, and strikes up a romance with the handsome Edmund (George MacKay). But on the fringes of their idyllic summer days are tense news reports of an escalating conflict in Europe. As the UK falls into a violent, chaotic military state, Daisy finds herself hiding and fighting to survive.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: England, Wales
  • Production Companies: BFI Film Fund, Cowboy Films, Film4, Passion Pictures, Prospect Entertainment, Protagonist Pictures, UK Film Council
  • Production Schedule: 25 June 2012 - August 2012

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2013 Guide Analysis: "Acclaimed Scottish helmer Kevin Macdonald ("The Last King of Scotland," "State of Play") directs this adaptation of British author Meg Rosoff's award-winning 2004 young-adult novel. Shot this past Summer in the UK, "Atonement" and "Lovely Bones" actress Saoirse Ronan takes on the role of the 15-year-old lead protagonist (Ronan was 18 at the time of filming). The story itself sounds almost like a classic British period war drama, but with a modern teenage twist.

Our heroine is a young New York-born woman named Daisy who is sent to stay with cousins on a remote farm in the English countryside during the outbreak of a fictional third world war (the enemy is unidentified). She soon begins to embrace her new home and starts a romantic relationship with her cousin Edmond.

As England is occupied and resources grow short, the family's lives become increasingly difficult. One day, the farm is taken over by soldiers who send the boys and girls to live in separate homes. After the war ends, she must put her life back together and reunite with a physically and emotionally scarred Edmond.

The project is the first film that Macdonald has shot all digitally, it was done because Macdonald wanted to capture "a certain spontaneity and capturing a sense of life as it happens". This was very much the case in the many scenes involving children and animals together. The book itself has been embraced by a large section of fandom, one that has been vocal about the casting choices and the way the film's script is quite different from the book."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 3 October 2013: Hungary, Russia
  • 4 October 2013: Ireland, UK