Monday, April 1, 2013

Movie of the Week – Following

This week’s movie: Following (1998).

A young writer likes to follow people around for entertainment. However, one day he follows the wrong man and is pulled into a burglary scheme that is not quite what it at first appears to be.

This is the first film from Hollywood auteur Christopher Nolan (who has become maybe the greatest director working right now). He also shot the film. Composer David Julyan scored the film. He has also collaborated with Nolan on Memento, Insomnia, and The Prestige. Tristan Martin served as the production designer. Nolan worked with his wife and producing partner Emma Thomas as well.

The film stars Jeremy Theobald, Alex Haw, and Lucy Russell. Theobald and Russell have cameos in Batman Begins.

It took Nolan about a year to complete principal photography on this film on a very sparse budget of $6,000, as he could only shoot footage on Saturdays do to his and his crew’s work schedule. The film is a good crime mystery, and certainly foreshadows the themes and style of storytelling that Nolan would bring to most of his later narratives. For cinema fans that like to see the small films that helped launched today’s great filmmakers, this is a must-see as it is one of the best.

Trailer: Here
Available on: Blu-ray and Streaming

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