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Following -- A young writer who follows strangers for material meets a thief who takes him under his wing.

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Writer:
Christopher Nolan (written by)
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Release Date:
6 May 1999 (Netherlands) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
You're Never Alone.
Plot:
A young writer who follows strangers for material meets a thief who takes him under his wing. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
5 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Low budget masterpiece!! See more (157 total) »

Cast

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Directed by
Christopher Nolan 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Christopher Nolan  written by

Produced by
Peter Broderick .... executive producer
Christopher Nolan .... producer
Jeremy Theobald .... producer
Emma Thomas .... producer
 
Original Music by
David Julyan 
 
Cinematography by
Christopher Nolan (shot by)
 
Film Editing by
Gareth Heal 
Christopher Nolan 
 
Production Design by
Tristan Martin (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Tristan Martin 
 
Makeup 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 by
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
Kostas Theodosiou .... colorist (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Paul Brennan .... legal services: Sloss Law Office
Len Brown .... laboratory services: Metrocolor
Chuck Kemmerer .... laboratory services: Fotokem
Darren Ormandy .... fight choreographer
Michael Schenkman .... legal services: Bloom, Hergott, Cook, Diemer, Klein L.L.P.
John Sloss .... legal services: Sloss Law Office
Steve Van Anda .... laboratory services: Fotokem
Dan Winthrop .... titles: designer/director (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Adrian Belic .... thanks
Roko Belic .... thanks
Tim Bevan .... thanks
Dick Bradsell .... thanks
Gwenda Cornell .... thanks
Jimmy Cornell .... thanks
Eric Fellner .... thanks
Sophie Fumey .... thanks (as Sophie Fumey at Detroit Bund)
Nicky Gavron .... thanks
Lynda Hansen .... thanks
Kirk Harris .... thanks
Rebecca James .... thanks
Lorraine Jensen .... thanks
Matthew Jones .... thanks
David Lloyd .... thanks
Fry Martin .... thanks
Brendan Nolan .... thanks
Christina Nolan .... thanks
Stephanie Reuler .... thanks
Dave Savva .... thanks
Todd Schulkin .... thanks
Jonathan Sehring .... thanks
Shannon Treusch .... thanks
Mark Wolfe .... thanks
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for language and some violence
Runtime:
69 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Certification:
Canada:14A (video rating) | France:U | Germany:16 | Netherlands:16 (original rating) (video rating) | Netherlands:12 (re-rating) (2004) | UK:15 | USA:R
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Trivia:
The surname Cobb is also used by the character Dom Cobb, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, in Nolan's 2010 film Inception (2010).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In one shot, when Cobb puts the gloves in the young man's mouth it is half sticking out but in the next scene it is almost completely in the young man's mouth.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Bill:The following is my explanation. Well, more of an account of what happened. I'd been on my own for a while and getting kind of lonely... and bored... nothing to do all day. And that's when I started shadowing.
The Policeman:Shadowing?
Bill:Shadowing - Following. I started to follow people
The Policeman:Who?
Bill:Anyone at first. Um,
[sniffs]
Bill:you know, that was the whole point - somebody at random, someone who didn't know who I was.
The Policeman:And then?
Bill:And then nothing.
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Movie Connections:
References Sunset Blvd. (1950)See more »

FAQ

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Why was the film shot in Black-and-White?
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119 out of 131 people found the following review useful.
Low budget masterpiece!!, 4 January 2004
Author: Thomas Jolliffe (supertom-3) from Marlow, England

Christopher Nolan's first feature film wowed critics who saw it when it first came out. Shot on a micro budget of $6,000 this is a student film with real class. The film is shot in black and white, and features people who you assume are friends of Nolan's appearing in the movie. This is not to say they are bad actors because they are quite good. You could see Jeremy Theobald and Alex Haw appearing in other projects but unfortunately they haven't since this was made 6 years ago.

Nolan's thriller, much like Memento, does not play chronologically, it shifts the scenes around much like Pulp Fiction. The writing is fantastic. It is a great twisting thriller but because the temporal order of the film is shifted around it makes it even more interesting. I thought the last ten minutes in particular when everything starts to become clear were excellent.

For a film of such a small budget and with no recognizable names at all, this is so good. It is superior to most that Hollywood studios offer and Nolan after three films (this, the superior Memento and the not quite as good but still excellent Insomnia) has cemented himself as the most exciting new talent of recent times. I can't wait for Batman.

This film is short and sweet and certainly a great watch. It is very professional and the twists are fantastic and completely surprising. I also thought that the score from David Julyan was also excellent, very atmospheric and had a chilly quality to it. He has gone on to compose Nolan's other films.

Overall I would recommend this, I intend to get all of Nolan's films. This is a low budget gem. *****

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