Press Junket for Following (1998)

Synopsis

An older man listens to Bill's story about being a callow writer who likes to follow strangers around around London, observing them. One day, a glib and self-confident man whom Bill has been following confronts him. He's Cobb, a burglar who takes Bill under his wing and shows him how to break and enter. They burgle a woman's flat; Bill gets intrigued with her (photographs are everywhere in her flat). He follows her and chats her up at a bar owned by her ex-boyfriend, a nasty piece of work who killed someone in her living room with a hammer. Soon Bill is volunteering to do her a favor, which involves a break-in. What does the older man know that Bill doesn't? (J. Hailey, IMDB)

 

Director

Christopher Nolan

Cast and Crew

Writer
  Christopher Nolan
Producers

  Peter Broderick … executive producer
  Christopher Nolan … producer
  Jeremy Theobald … producer
  Emma Thomas … producer
Cast – in credits order 

  Jeremy TheobaldThe Young Man
  Alex HawCobb
  Lucy RussellThe Blonde
  John NolanThe Policeman
  Dick BradsellThe Bald Guy
  Gillian El-KadiHome Owner
  Jennifer AngelWaitress
  Nicolas CarlottiBarman
  Darren OrmandyAccountant
  Guy GreenwayHeavy #1
  Tassos StevensHeavy #2
  Tristan MartinMan at Bar
  Rebecca JamesWoman at Bar
  Paul MasonHome Owner’s Friend
  David BovillHome Owner’s Husband
  John Bengue
  Ivan Cornell
  Jane Hunter
  Matthew Jones
  David Julyan
  David Lloyd
  Alberto Matiussi¹Bitter Man in Cafe
  Brendan Nolan
  Barbara Stepansky
  Emma Thomas
  Diane Zack
Original Music

  David Julyan
Cinematographers

  Christopher Nolan (shot by)
Editors

  Gareth Heal
  Christopher Nolan
Production Designers

  Tristan Martin (uncredited)
Art Directors

  Tristan Martin
Make Up Department

  Miranda Gunning … special makeup
Sound Department

  Ivan Cornell … sound
  Robin Fellows … dubbing editor
  David Julyan … sound
  David Lloyd … sound
  James Wheeler … sound
Visual Effects Department

  Dan Winthrop … opticals
Camera and Electrical Department

  Ivan Cornell … grip
  Ivan Cornell … lighting technician
  Jonathan Nolan … grip
  Barbara Stepansky … clapper loader
  Barbara Stepansky … lighting technician
  Barbara Stepansky … loader
Editorial Department

  Burt Andrews … negative cutter
  Syd Cole … negative cutter: Magic Film & Video
  Mark Stolaroff … post-production consultant: Next Wave Films
  Tara Veneruso … post-production consultant: Next Wave Films

Press

Reviews

Janet Maslin, Following (1998) Film Festival Review; Walking Along a Crooked Path, The New York Times, April 2, 1999.

Kevin Thomas, 'Following' the Twisting Path of Sinister, Neo Noir Intrigue, Los Angeles Times, June 4, 1999.

Awards, Nominations, Festivals

For FOLLOWING (1998):

1999 - Christopher Nolan, Silver Hitchcock Award, Dinard British Film Festival

1999 - Christopher Nolan, Best Director Award, Newport International Film Festival

1999 - Christopher Nolan, Tiger Award, Rotterdam International Film Festival

1999 - Christopher Nolan, Black & White Award, Slamdance Film Festival

1998 - Best First Feature, SKYY Prize, San Francisco International Film Festival