Never Let Me Go

September 15th 2010
  • Drama/Romance,
  • R,
  • 103 min,
  • Fox Searchlight
  • Cast: Keira Knightley, Andrew Garfield, Carey Mulligan, Charlotte Rampling, Nathalie Richard, Sally Hawkins, Andrea Riseborough, Domhnall Gleeson, Isobel Meikle-Small, Charlie Rowe, Ella Purnell, Kate Bowes Renna, Hannah Sharp, Christina Carrafiell, Oliver Parsons, Luke Bryant, David Sterne, Lydia Wilson, Chidi Chickwe
  • Director: Mark Romanek
  • Writers: Alex Garland, Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Producers: Alex Garland, Andrew Macdonald, Allon Reich
  • Co Producer: Richard Hewitt
  • Executive Producers: Mark Romanek, Tessa Ross
  • Art Direction: Denis Schnegg
  • Casting: Kate Dowd
  • Costume Designs: Rachael Fleming, Steven Noble
  • D.O.P.: Adam Kimmel
  • Editor: Barney Pilling
  • Makeup: Sian Grigg
  • Music: Rachel Portman
  • Production Design: Mark Digby
  • Set Decoration: Michelle Day


As children, Ruth, Kathy and Tommy, 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.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Fife, Scotland; London, England; Norfolk, England; Somerset, England
  • MPAA Warning: Some sexuality and nudity
  • Production Companies: DNA Films, Film4
  • Production Schedule: 13 April 2009 - July 2009

Featured Articles


2010 Guide Analysis: "Part English period drama, part sci-fi dystopian thriller - "The Remains of the Day" author Kazuo Ishiguro was shortlisted for the 2005 Booker Prize for this work about the touching friendship and romance between a trio of clones made to provide donor organs for transplant. Though the concept is sci-fi, the tone and text avoids the genre and its cliches as much as possible - keeping the focus almost entirely on the relationship of the main trio and the historical setting in an alternate but essentially same version of the 1990's.

"The Beach" author and "28 Days Later" scribe Alex Garland adapted the work in a script that made the 2008 British equivalent of the Blacklist, while "One Hour Photo" director Mark Romanek came onboard right after being let go from the troubled "The Wolfman" remake. Added to that is a stellar cast, most notably the older version of the trio themselves and the various teachers at the school.

If Romanek manages to pull it off with aplomb, what you have here could be something along "Children of Men" lines in terms of major critical acclaim and cinematic impact. A special screening of the film took place in October, but that was apparently a rough cut with further changes likely to be made before a worldwide release sometime in 2010. Fox Searchlight has the rights to distribute this States-side so if the reviews are strong we might see a potential awards push."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 14 January 2011: UK
  • 9 February 2011: Belgium, France
  • 24 February 2011: Germany