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Exclusive Clip: Never Let Me Go

Thompson on Hollywood By Cameron Carlson | Thompson on Hollywood September 9, 2010 at 2:59AM

Pre-Toronto, we're happy to reveal a new, exclusive clip of Never Let Me Go (here's TOH's positive review). Director Mark Romanek and writer Alex Garland's adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's novel features Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley and Andrew Garfield as students of Hailsham boarding school, a mysterious institution set in an alternative past in Britain. The three struggle to define their existence and the nature of love after being confronted with a dark destiny.
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Thompson on Hollywood

Pre-Toronto, we're happy to reveal a new, exclusive clip of Never Let Me Go (here's TOH's positive review). Director Mark Romanek and writer Alex Garland's adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's novel features Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley and Andrew Garfield as students of Hailsham boarding school, a mysterious institution set in an alternative past in Britain. The three struggle to define their existence and the nature of love after being confronted with a dark destiny.

The film premiered to polarized reaction--both raves and pans--at the Telluride Film Festival. Check it out yourself: after Toronto, it goes into limited release on September 15. It also opens the London Fest.

In the clip below, a schoolteacher (Sally Hawkins) tells her students that they have a "special" future planned for them. (She gets fired for this.)

Never Let Me Go

Here's the trailer:

This article is related to: Festivals, Genres, Headliners, Independents, Video, Toronto, London, Sci-fi, Drama, Romance, Keira Knightley


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.