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Now Is Good -- Knowing her days are numbered, Tessa (Dakota Fanning) struggles to make every moment count, and dives headlong through every wild, crazy act of teenage rebellion that she can dream up which includes a passionate romance with her neighbor, Adam (Jeremy Irvine).
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Jenny Downham (based on the book "Before I Die" by)
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Release Date:
19 September 2012 (Ireland) See more »
Live every moment, love every minute
A girl dying of leukemia compiles a list of things she'd like to do before passing away. Topping the list is her desire to lose her virginity. | Add synopsis »
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Cuts through the clichés with fantastic performance and style… See more (51 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Dakota Fanning ... Tessa Scott

Jeremy Irvine ... Adam

Paddy Considine ... Father

Olivia Williams ... Mother

Kaya Scodelario ... Zoey

Edgar Canham ... Cal

Joe Cole ... Scott
Julia Ford ... Sally

Julian Wadham ... Dr. Ryan

Josef Altin ... Jake

Rakie Ayola ... Phillippa

Tom Kane ... Paul

Franz Drameh ... Tommy
Simon Wilson ... Suit
Susan Brown ... Shirley
Clare Swinburne ... Nurse #1

Sarah Hadland ... Caroline

Kate Dickie ... Doctor

Rose Leslie ... Fiona
Sarah Niles ... Nurse #2

Morgan Watkins ... Nurse
Isabella Laughland ... Beth

Patrick Baladi ... Richard
Luke Carroll ... Instructor
Darren Morfitt ... Mark
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bhanu Alley ... Guy at Cashpoint (uncredited)
Habib Anibaba ... Man Kissing Girlfriend (uncredited)
Hamed Arif ... House Party Guest (uncredited)
Jonathan Brooks ... Civilian (uncredited)
Robert Clayton ... Hospital Visitor (uncredited)

Teresa Couch ... Clinic Nurse (uncredited)
Philip Craik ... Passer-by (uncredited)
Darren Hammock ... Bus Passenger (uncredited)
Matthew David Hearn ... Hospital Porter (uncredited)
James Lee Hunt ... Guy (uncredited)

Mo Idriss ... Shopping Mall Male (uncredited)
Victoria Ley ... Shopper (uncredited)
Simone Liebman ... Shopper (uncredited)
Sarah Lowe ... Girl on Pier (uncredited)
Martyn Mayger ... Bus Passenger (uncredited)
Kiki McCaffery ... Girl (uncredited)
Les Nash ... Stall Holder on Pier (uncredited)
Adam Nowell ... Passer-by (uncredited)

Meaghan O'Neill ... House Party Guest (uncredited)
Cera Rose Pickering ... Girl On Bus (uncredited)
Kirsty Seager ... Tourist (uncredited)

Michelle Somerszaule ... Staff Nurse (uncredited)

Julie Vollono ... Mall Shopper (uncredited)
Josh Wichard ... Pier Visitor (uncredited)

Directed by
Ol Parker 
Writing credits
Jenny Downham (based on the book "Before I Die" by)

Ol Parker (written by)

Produced by
Graham Broadbent .... producer
Peter Czernin .... producer (as Pete Czernin)
Malina DeCarlo .... assistant producer
Jenny Downham .... associate producer
Peter Hampden .... executive producer
Sarah Harvey .... co-producer
Richard Hewitt .... co-producer
Adam Kulick .... executive producer
Christine Langan .... executive producer
Original Music by
Dustin O'Halloran 
Cinematography by
Erik Wilson (director of photography) (as Erik Alexander Wilson)
Film Editing by
Peter Lambert 
Casting by
Nina Gold 
Production Design by
Amanda McArthur 
Art Direction by
John Reid 
Set Decoration by
Bridget Menzies 
Costume Design by
Suzie Harman 
Makeup Department
Roseanna Larner .... makeup trainee
Daniel Phillips .... makeup & hair designer
Production Management
Alistair Hopkins .... post-production supervisor
Elena Zokas .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lindsay Gough .... additional third assistant director
Mark Hopkins .... second assistant director
Liam Lock .... additional third assistant director
Josey McNamara .... third assistant director
Alex Oakley .... first assistant director
Art Department
Lucy Bullen .... graphic artist
Jay Butcher .... stand-by carpenter
Robert Haynes .... stand-by art director
Esmeralda Momferratou .... art department trainee
Ian Murray .... standby rigger
Warren Parkinson .... dressing prop
Dave Reed .... construction manager
Paul Robinson .... standby props daily
Jon Ziman-Bright .... art department assistant
Sound Department
Colin Cooper .... adr mixer
Robert Farr .... sound re-recording mixer
Paul Hanks .... foley artist
John Hayes .... production sound mixer
Damiano Marchese .... dialogue editor
Nick Roberts .... adr mixer
Andrew Rowe .... second boom
Paul Schwartz .... boom operator
Simon Trundle .... foley mixer/editor
Ian Waggott .... foley artist
Ian Wilson .... supervising sound editor
Yanti Windrich .... assistant re-recording mixer
Paul Wrightson .... supervising dialogue editor
Robert Karlsson .... dolby sound consultant (uncredited)
Special Effects by
David Holt .... special effects technician
Mark Holt .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
Luke Butler .... digital compositor
Naomi Butler .... digital compositor
Lee Clappison .... digital colourist
James Clarke .... head of DI
Tom Collier .... digital compositor
Stefan Drury .... head of visual effects
James Elster .... digital compositor
Sean Farrow .... executive visual effects supervisor
Elysia Greening .... digital compositor
David Lloyd .... senior systems engineer
Philippe Ludivig .... digital compositor
Abigail McKenzie .... digital lab operator
Dylan Owen .... digital compositor (as Dylan Wyn Owen)
Jane Paton .... digital compositor
Antonio Rodríguez Díaz .... digital compositor
Katie Roehrick .... visual effects coordinator
Daniel Spain .... systems engineer
Lucy Tanner .... visual effects coordinator
Daniel Tomlinson .... scanning & recording manager
Thomas Waddington .... digital lab operator
Ray De-Haan .... stunt double
Stephanie Lelievre .... stunt performer
Arran Topham .... stunt double: Jeremy Irvine
William Willoughby .... stunt double
Camera and Electrical Department
Sam Alberg .... rigging gaffer
Alex Brown .... lighting technician
Robbie Chapman .... camera trainee
Adam Coles .... additional focus puller
Hamish Doyne-Ditmas .... camera operator: b cam
Raffaele Giordano .... lighting technician
Christian Hayes .... lighting technician
Nick Kenealy .... second video assist operator
Andy Lowe .... gaffer
Ian Murray .... standby rigger (as Ian Vincent Murray)
Louise Purvis .... technical support
Barry Quibell .... camera truck driver
Iwan Prys Reynolds .... focus puller
James Shovlar .... video assist operator
Laurie Sparham .... still photographer
Trevor Speed .... clapper loader
Chris Stones .... best boy
Del Strachan .... key grip
Nick C. Teulon .... trainee grip (as Nick Teulon)
Casting Department
Vanessa Baker .... adr voice casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Natasha Cousins .... costume assistant
Rebecca Gore .... costume assistant
Barbara Harrington .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Rob Ackerman .... technical support
Linden Brownbill .... digital intermediate technical support
Luke Carey .... delivery coordinator
Lee Clappison .... digital colourist
Ritchie Ferguson .... technical support
Stuart Fyvie .... digital colourist
Lisa Jordan .... facility director: LipSync Post
Scott Macbeth .... technical support
Jerry Ramsbottom .... assistant editor
Chris Teeder .... colorist: dailies
Diana Vasquez .... assistant on-line editor
Rick White .... technical support
Music Department
Liz Gallacher .... music supervisor
Kathleen Hasay .... music supervision assistant
Max Knoth .... orchestrator
Transportation Department
Hassan Blal .... Driver: Dakota Fanning
Simon Burgess .... facilities department
Louise Cornwell .... driver: rushes
Barrie Williams .... transportation captain
Dave Williams .... facilities transport captain
Other crew
Tom Ackerley .... floor runner
Kim Armitage .... script supervisor
Craig Barwick .... production accountant
Barbara Berkery .... voice and dialogue coach
Harry Bott .... production runner
Matt Brothers .... additional production runner
Ian Buckley .... tutor
Anna Burns .... production assistant
Jessica Corlett .... floor runner
Daniel Cox .... additional floor runner
Dave Curtis .... technical supporter
Sandra Frieze .... dialogue coach
Linda Gamble .... unit publicist
Pietro Greppi .... representative: Goldcrest
James Hanline .... additional floor runner: dailies
Ian Hutchinson .... co-location manager
Chris Johnston .... unit manager
Pat Karam .... location manager
Ben Knight .... development executive
Jen Lambert .... unit medic (as Jennifer Lambert)
Laura Lunt .... adr coordinator
Ben Maloney .... security head
John Maloney .... security head
Thomas Mann .... representative: Goldcrest (as Tom Mann)
Rachel Martin .... assistant coordinator
Christos Michaels .... legal services
Richard Morrison .... titles designer
James Panting .... additional floor runner
Thomas Pook .... floor runner
Amelia Price .... production coordinator
Mark Rowan .... health & safety advisor
Ewan Taylor .... APATS trainee
Nadia Ward .... representative: Goldcrest
Dean Wares .... titles drawn by

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving illness, sexuality, and drugs, and for brief strong language
103 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Jeremy Irvine was offered the lead role of 'Peeta Mellark' in The Hunger Games (2012), but he turned down the role to do this film instead.See more »
Revealing mistakes: In the indoor skydiving scene the last shot is mirrored: the gap in Tessa's teeth is suddenly on her right side and the texts on her helmet and suit are reversed.See more »
[first lines]
Tessa Scott:Moments. This is one. This right here, right now, is definitely a moment.
Tessa Scott:Anything could happen next.
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35 out of 50 people found the following review useful.
Cuts through the clichés with fantastic performance and style…, 13 September 2012
Author: surlaroute from United Kingdom

"Our life is a series of moments… let them go…"

I don't need to go into my decreasing expectation of Dakota Fanning movies as I tend to do it with each of her movies since around 2007… needless to say, I likely wouldn't have been rushing to see this one – which from the outside appears as yet another not-even-Oscar-baiting cancer pity porn story (if you'll excuse the extreme shorthand) with the added "oh no…" factor of Fanning doing her best English accent to boot*. But I got free tickets, and who was I to pass up my first chance to see one of my (despite everything, still) favourite actresses on the big screen for the first time since 2005?

The by-the-numbers story here has Fanning as Tessa, who is dying of leukaemia, has passed the point of expecting treatment to help, and wants to get a few things done before she goes. This in itself, of course, does not an enriching 90 minutes make (not for me, anyway). But while there's certainly a few bad clichés of this kind of story in here (and one particularly awful moment – I shall just say "sweetcorn"…), the reason Now Is Good continued to pull me in is because of this light of a character at its core.

As I said I was worried I'd be adding this movie to a long list of recent Dakota Fanning movies (okay, mainly the Twilight movies) that lead me to ask, frustrated, "what are you doing, Dakota?" – but you can see why she was drawn to this one, despite any of its leanings toward cliché. Tessa responds to the generic way the world usually deals with terminal illness in the same way I always imagine I would (yes – I'll it admit it – I imagine it enough to be able to say such a thing, lol, now who's pitying?), and I connected to her fast – the way her face lights up the moment she spots a hint of mischief in a person, such as when her brother asks at the breakfast table (much to their father's dismay), "when Tessa dies can we go on holiday?" or how she talks back to her doctor ("Good girl." "Would you like to slap my rump? …then stop talking to me like a horse…") She really doesn't want any pity, for herself or anyone (as she says to her love towards the end, "Don't you dare expect me to feel sorry for you because you get left behind, don't you f-ing dare!") but she certainly doesn't deny the creeping darkness of her imminent death either.

There's a ropey segment in which Tessa and her friend go on an attempted crime spree in a shopping centre that smacks awfully of a teen movie cliché I thought long-since past, and the aforementioned unbelievable attempt to cut through one of the movie's most horrific glimpses of disease with the comedy of "sweetcorn" – but even these lows are ultimately countered by terrific performance, not just from Fanning but from the support cast including Paddy Considine and Olivia Williams (both of whom, post-sweetcorn scene, share the best non-Fanning scene in the movie, as she asks him, "Can I stay?"). There are lesser clichés that also ring less hokey for the same reasons, such as Fanning enjoying an air tunnel type ride (her face in this scene is too beautiful to even consider being cynical), a stolen kiss under fireworks, and the horses that ride past at the end – but by that point I was so in love with Tessa they could have played in "This Woman's Work" or "Fields of Gold" over such imagery and still not offended me… it really is her most unforgettable role since Man on Fire for me.

* the accent work is fantastic, if you must know – I really didn't want to mention it in my review though, because everybody will… it's the flawless, clipped, but not necessarily authentic to the character, kind most American actresses manage …but like those minor clichés, by around midway it's the last thing on your mind.

** PS. There's some interesting use of Nine Lives footage (at least I think it's that movie), of a younger Fanning climbing a tree, that I just found interesting and felt worth mentioning – it was slightly jarring to me but I imagine even fewer people saw that movie than will see this one lol. At least it connects to something in this movie, anyway, another beautiful scene of tree climbing. ** EDIT I asked the director about this and he said they shot all of the stuff at the end themselves so I guess I was wrong, it just looked very familiar to me :)

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