Christopher Nolan

Following

Following

Before he became a sensation with the twisty revenge story Memento, Christopher Nolan fashioned this low-budget, 16 mm black-and-white neonoir with comparable precision and cunning. Providing irrefutable evidence of Nolan’s directorial bravura, Following is the fragmented tale of an unemployed young writer who trails strangers through London, hoping that they will provide inspiration for his first novel. He gets more than he bargained for when one of his unwitting subjects leads him down a dark criminal path. With gritty aesthetics and a made-on-the-fly vibe (many shots were simply stolen on the streets, unbeknownst to passersby), Following is a mind- bending psychological journey that shows the remarkable beginnings of one of today’s most acclaimed filmmakers.

Film Info

  • Christopher Nolan
  • United Kingdom
  • 1999
  • 70 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.33:1
  • English
  • Spine #638

Special Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION

  • New, restored digital transfer, supervised by director Christopher Nolan, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • New 5.1 surround mix by rerecording mixer Gary Rizzo, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Audio commentary by Nolan
  • New interview with Nolan
  • Chronological edit of the film
  • Side-by-side comparison of the shooting script with three scenes from the film
  • Doodlebug (1997), a three-minute film by Nolan, starring Following’s Jeremy Theobald
  • Trailers
  • PLUS: A new essay by film critic and programmer Scott Foundas

New cover by Eric Skillman

Purchase Options

Special Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION

  • New, restored digital transfer, supervised by director Christopher Nolan, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • New 5.1 surround mix by rerecording mixer Gary Rizzo, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Audio commentary by Nolan
  • New interview with Nolan
  • Chronological edit of the film
  • Side-by-side comparison of the shooting script with three scenes from the film
  • Doodlebug (1997), a three-minute film by Nolan, starring Following’s Jeremy Theobald
  • Trailers
  • PLUS: A new essay by film critic and programmer Scott Foundas

New cover by Eric Skillman

Following
Cast
Jeremy Theobald
Young man
Alex Haw
Cobb
Lucy Russell
Blonde
John Nolan
Policeman
Credits
Director
Christopher Nolan
Executive producer
Peter Broderick
Producers
Christopher Nolan
Producers
Emma Thomas
Producers
Jeremy Theobald
Writer
Christopher Nolan
Editors
Gareth Heal
Editors
Christopher Nolan
Director of photography
Christopher Nolan
Production design
Tristan Martin
Music
David Julyan

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