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Never Let Me Go (2010)

  • Rate: 7.2/10 total 58,963 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | Fantasy | Romance | Sci-Fi
  • Release Date: 25 November 2010 (Chile)
  • Runtime: 103 min
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  • IMDb page: Never Let Me Go (2010)
  • Rate: 7.2/10 total 58,963 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | Fantasy | Romance | Sci-Fi
  • Release Date: 25 November 2010 (Chile)
  • Runtime: 103 min
  • Filming Location: Andrew Melville Hall, University of St Andrews, St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland, UK
  • Budget: $15,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $9,455,232(Worldwide)(16 December 2010)
  • Director: Mark Romanek
  • Stars: Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield|See full cast and crew
  • Original Music By: Rachel Portman   
  • Soundtrack: GOING TO WORK
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Boarding School | School | Love | Childhood | Children

Writing Credits By:

  • Kazuo Ishiguro (novel)
  • Alex Garland (screenplay)

Known Trivia

  • Carey Mulligan had to learn how to drive for the film. She took a two-week intensive course, but failed the driving test. Her scene was shot on a private road, where she was allowed to get behind the wheel.
  • The French title, “Aupr├Ęs de moi toujours”, translates to “Close To Me Always.”
  • The visit to Norfolk, on England’s east coast, was filmed in Clevedon and Weston-super-Mare, on England’s west coast.
  • The external shot of Ruth’s Care Facility is Andrew Melville Hall, one of the Halls of Residence for students at the University of St. Andrews, in Fife, Scotland.
  • The German title, “Alles, was wir geben mussten,” translates to “Everything we had to give”.

Goofs: Continuity: In one shot, Rodney's red Volvo Estate has an 'A' registration from 1983-84. In a later shot it has a 'G' registration, meaning it was manufactured in 1989-1990.

Plot: Kathy H, Tommy and Ruth are students at a mysterious boarding school. Kathy watches from afar as Ruth and Tommy fall in love, but fate has a greater threat in store for all of them. Full summary »  »

Story: 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.Written by Fox Searchlight Pictures  


Synopsis: The film begins with onscreen captions explaining that a medical breakthrough in 1952 has permitted the human lifespan to be extended beyond 100 years. Subsequently, the film is narrated by 28-year-old Kathy H. as she reminisces about her childhood at Hailsham, as well as her adult life after leaving the school.

The first section of the film depicts the young Kathy, along with her friends Tommy and Ruth, spending their childhood at Hailsham, a seemingly idyllic English boarding school. It is subtly revealed that the film is set in an alternate twentieth century. One of the teachers is fired after telling the pupils of their fate: they exist to provide donor organs for transplants. They will be nurtured to adult age at which time they will be available for "selection." After their third "selection" they will "complete" before they can be selected for any more procedures. Some "complete" after their first, though, while others survive through four or more procedures. Tommy is emotionally angry and is teased by the other boys. Kathy falls in love with him.

In the second section of the film, the three friends, now teenagers, are rehoused in cottages on a rural farm. They are permitted to leave the grounds if they wish. They do not question the ethics of their situation. At the farm, they meet other graduates of similar places. Kathy, Tom and Ruth are clones who are fascinated by the idea of finding the original people that they were "modeled on". Kathy and her friends are questioned about rumours of the possibility of "deferral" – which allows couples several extra years before being "selected" if they are in love and can prove it. Tommy reasons that the art gallery at Hailsham was intended to identify clones who have a soul. Tommy and Ruth become sexually active. The lonely Kathy applies to become a "carer" – a clone who is taught to drive and trained to give post-operative care to others, and given a temporary reprieve from selection as an exchange for supporting and comforting donors as they are made to give up their organs. She has become a carer by the time she hears that Tommy and Ruth have split up.

In the third scenario of the film, Kathy has been working as a carer some years later. She has watched many clones "complete" as their organs are donated; their deaths are referred to as "completion". She reunites with Ruth, who is frail after two donations. Ruth has been keeping track of her and Tommy. She helps Kathy arrange their reunion. Ruth admits that she did not love Tommy and seduced him because she was jealous and afraid to be alone. She is consumed with guilt, and has been searching for a way to help Tommy and Kathy. She believes that Tommy and Kathy would qualify for "deferral." She gives them an address, that of "Madame" who would visit the Hailsham and select works of the students’ art would be worthy to go into the gallery. Ruth "completes" on the operating table shortly afterward. Tommy explains to Kathy that he has been creating art for the past several years in hopes of a deferral. He and Kathy drive to visit the Madame. There is no such thing as deferral after all though. Tommy’s artwork will not help them.

The film ends after Tommy has "completed." Kathy is left alone. Two weeks after losing Tommy, Kathy is notified that her first "selection" will take place in one month. Contemplating their childhood, she speculates whether their fate is really all so different from the people who receive their organs; "We all complete. Maybe none of us really understand what we’ve lived through or feel we’ve had enough time."


FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Alex Garland known as executive producer
  • Richard Hewitt known as co-producer
  • Kazuo Ishiguro known as executive producer
  • Andrew Macdonald known as producer
  • Allon Reich known as producer
  • Tessa Ross known as executive producer
  • Joanne Smith known as associate producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Carey Mulligan known as Kathy
  • Andrew Garfield known as Tommy
  • Izzy Meikle-Small known as Young Kathy (as Isobel Meikle-Small)
  • Charlie Rowe known as Young Tommy
  • Ella Purnell known as Young Ruth
  • Charlotte Rampling known as Miss Emily
  • Sally Hawkins known as Miss Lucy
  • Kate Bowes Renna known as Miss Geraldine
  • Hannah Sharp known as Amanda
  • Christina Carrafiell known as Laura
  • Oliver Parsons known as Arthur
  • Luke Bryant known as David
  • Fidelis Morgan known as Matron
  • Damien Thomas known as Doctor
  • Nathalie Richard known as Madame
  • Huggy Leaver known as Delivery Man 1
  • Charles Cork known as Delivery Man 2
  • Sylvie Macdonald known as Bumper Crop Girl
  • Keira Knightley known as Ruth
  • David Sterne known as Keffers
  • Andrea Riseborough known as Chrissie
  • Domhnall Gleeson known as Rodney
  • Kate Sissons known as Sitcom Girl
  • Amy Lennox known as Sitcom Girl
  • Anna Maria Everett known as Waitress
  • John Gillespie known as Male Office Worker
  • Rachel Boss known as Female Office Worker
  • Lydia Wilson known as Hannah
  • Monica Dolan known as Nurse
  • Chidi Chickwe known as George
  • Harvey Allpress known as (uncredited)
  • George Formby known as Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:

  • Jessica Afshar-Shirazi known as hair trainee
  • Jessica Afshar-Shirazi known as makeup trainee
  • Jessica Alexander known as make-up and hair trainee
  • Catherine Davies known as hair stylist
  • Sian Grigg known as chief hair designer
  • Sian Grigg known as chief makeup designer
  • Sallie Jaye known as makeup artist: Scotland
  • Waldo Mason known as prosthetic designer
  • Belinda Parish known as hair stylist (as Bindy Parrish)
  • Belinda Parish known as makeup artist (as Bindy Parrish)
  • Tapio Salmi known as hair stylist
  • Tapio Salmi known as makeup artist

Art Department:

  • Matt Amos known as painter
  • Viv Ball known as painter
  • Bruce Barnes known as site supervisor
  • Jon Bates known as stand-by propman
  • Gillian Campbell known as hod painter
  • Christopher Chandler known as dressing props
  • Phil Claxton known as painter
  • Nic Clayton known as carpenter
  • Tim Cooke known as carpenter
  • Joseph Craig known as dressing props
  • Dan Crandon known as construction manager
  • Steven Davies known as stagehand (as Steve Davies)
  • Steve Deane known as studio supervisor
  • Darren Flindall known as construction rigger
  • Ronald Fowler known as plasterer (as Ron Fowler)
  • Dean Hawley known as painter
  • Jason Htay known as carpenter
  • Ben Johnson known as stand-by propman
  • Alex MacDonald known as painter
  • Charlie Malik known as prop storeman
  • Dan Marsden known as carpenter
  • Richard Mason known as carpenter
  • Zane McGill known as carpenter
  • Brian Montgomery known as carpenter
  • Garry Moore known as stand-by carpenter
  • Adrian Platt known as dressing props
  • Tim Powis known as assistant construction manager
  • Ken Rai-Green known as carpenter
  • Jody Raynes known as painter
  • Paul Rigby known as stagehand
  • Mike Short known as carpenter
  • Nick Thomas known as property master
  • Mark Wallis known as carpenter
  • Paul 'Welcie' Wellstead known as construction rigger (as Paul Wellstead)
  • Joe Wilmott known as carpenter (as Joe Wilmot)
  • Lee Wiseman known as dressing props
  • Nick Wood known as painter
  • Cara Brower known as assistant art director (uncredited)
  • Charlie Cobb known as fine artist (uncredited)
  • Anita Dhillon known as graphic designer (uncredited)
  • Katrina Dunn known as assistant set decorator (uncredited)
  • Arwel Evans known as stand-by art director (uncredited)
  • Nadine Herrmann known as art department assistant (uncredited)
  • Robert Judd known as dressing props (uncredited)
  • Loretta Lipworth known as art department runner (uncredited)
  • Kathryn Pyle known as production buyer (uncredited)
  • Andrew Tapper known as graphic designer (uncredited)
  • Luke Whitelock known as draftsman (uncredited)




Production Companies:

  • DNA Films (presents)
  • Film4 (presents)
  • Fox Searchlight Pictures

Other Companies:

  • A & R Location Services  location security (as A&R Locatiob Services)
  • AON/Albert G. Ruben Insurance Services  insurance services (as AON/Albert G. Ruben)
  • ARRI Lighting Rental  lighting equipment
  • ARRI Media  camera equipment provided by
  • Access Bookings  accommodation
  • Angel Recording Studios  music recorded and mixed at
  • Angels the Costumiers  costumes supplied by
  • Ascent 142 Features  digital intermediate
  • Ascent Media 142  editing equipment
  • Audiolink Radio Communications  walkie talkies (as Audiolink)
  • Bickers Action Vehicles  action vehicles
  • Bon Appetit Catering  catering (as Bon Appetit)
  • Casting Call  background artists
  • Casting Collective  extras casting
  • Compuhire  24 frame playback
  • ET Travel  travel arrangements
  • Eastwood (Sound and Vision)  additional ProTools systems supplied by
  • Farrow Design  title design (as Farrow)
  • Film Finances  completion guarantor
  • Intelligent Media  international monitoring agency
  • Kodak  motion picture film supplier
  • London Independent Players  orchestra (uncredited)
  • Media Coaches  minibuses
  • National Trust, Ham House and Gardens, London, The  the producers wish to thank
  • On Set Facilities  location facilities (as On-Set Facilities)
  • Pepper Sound  ADR recording facility
  • Pinewood Studios  sound re-recording facility
  • Professional Negative Cutting  negative cutting
  • Reed Smith  legal services: Film4
  • Reel Vehicles  picture vehicles
  • Sapex Scripts  post-production script services
  • Shepperton Studios  foley recording facility
  • Sound 24  post-production sound
  • Special Treats  electronic press kit
  • Steeple Post Production Services  post-production consultancy
  • Varèse Sarabande  soundtrack
  • West 7 Post Production  additional editing equipment
  • Wiggin  legal services
  • Wildfire Studios  adr recording facility


  • Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation (2010) (worldwide) (all media)
  • Fox Searchlight Pictures (2010) (USA) (theatrical)
  • 20th Century Fox Netherlands (2011) (Netherlands) (theatrical) (through Warner Bros.)
  • 20th Century Fox (2011) (Belgium) (theatrical)
  • 20th Century Fox (2010) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • 20th Century Fox (2011) (France) (theatrical)
  • 20th Century Fox (2011) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • 20th Century Fox (2011) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • 20th Century Fox de Argentina (2011) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • Odeon (2011) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • Twentieth Century Fox C.I.S. (2010) (Russia) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2011) (Netherlands) (theatrical) (through)
  • 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment (2011) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Film1 (2012) (Netherlands) (TV) (limited)
  • Front Row Filmed Entertainment (2011) (United Arab Emirates) (all media) (Middle East)
  • Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment (2011) (Netherlands) (DVD)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Baseblack

Visual Effects by:

  • Nemanja Antanaskovic known as 3d artist: Baseblack
  • Adrian Banton known as compositing lead: Baseblack
  • Klaudija Cermak known as compositor: Baseblack
  • Stephen Elson known as visual effects executive producer: Baseblack
  • Adam Glasman known as DI colourist
  • Neil Harrison known as digital intermediate systems administrator
  • Dan Helme known as data wrangler: Ascent 142 Features
  • Timothy P. Jones known as digital film bureau: Ascent 142 Features
  • Stephanie C. Kelly known as compositor: Baseblack (as Stephanie Kelly)
  • Robbie Lee known as visual effects editor: Baseblack
  • Paul Nendick known as head of technology: Baseblack
  • John Palmer known as digital film bureau manager: Ascent 142 Features
  • Kate Phillips known as visual effects producer: Baseblack
  • Gordon Pratt known as digital film bureau: Ascent 142 Features
  • Matthew Twyford known as visual effects supervisor: Baseblack
  • Pragti Wadhwa known as compositor: Baseblack
  • Mark Webb known as visual effects coordinator: Baseblack
  • Fiorenza Bagnariol known as digital film bureau (uncredited)
  • Stuart Bullen known as compositor (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • USA 3 September 2010 (Telluride Film Festival) (premiere)
  • Canada 11 September 2010 (Toronto International Film Festival) (premiere)
  • USA 15 September 2010 (limited)
  • Canada 24 September 2010 (limited)
  • Poland 9 October 2010 (Warsaw Film Festival)
  • UK 13 October 2010 (London Film Festival)
  • United Arab Emirates 17 October 2010 (Abu Dhabi Film Festival)
  • Belgium 20 October 2010 (Gent International Film Festival)
  • Brazil 22 October 2010 (São Paulo International Film Festival)
  • Japan 28 October 2010 (Tokyo International Film Festival)
  • Russia 28 October 2010 (New British Film Festival)
  • Finland 29 October 2010 (Night Visions Film Festival)
  • Chile 25 November 2010
  • United Arab Emirates 27 January 2011
  • Sweden 28 January 2011 (Göteborg International Film Festival)
  • Belgium 9 February 2011
  • Ireland 11 February 2011
  • UK 11 February 2011
  • Singapore 24 February 2011
  • France 2 March 2011
  • Philippines 2 March 2011
  • Portugal 3 March 2011
  • Russia 10 March 2011 (limited)
  • Mexico 11 March 2011
  • Poland 11 March 2011
  • New Zealand 17 March 2011
  • Slovenia 17 March 2011
  • Brazil 18 March 2011
  • Spain 18 March 2011
  • Hong Kong 24 March 2011
  • Italy 25 March 2011
  • South Africa 25 March 2011
  • Sweden 25 March 2011
  • Japan 26 March 2011
  • Argentina 31 March 2011
  • South Korea 7 April 2011
  • Germany 14 April 2011
  • Kuwait 14 April 2011
  • Kuwait 14 April 2011
  • Greece 28 April 2011
  • Netherlands 28 April 2011
  • Turkey 29 April 2011
  • Finland 6 May 2011
  • Hungary 26 May 2011
  • Philippines 12 September 2011 (Manila Cine Europa Film Festival)
  • Japan 10 October 2011 (Kawasaki Shinyuri Film Festival)
  • Venezuela 6 July 2012 (limited)

MPAA: Rated R for some sexuality and nudity



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