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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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  (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
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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Based on the book 'Before I Die' by Jenny Downham.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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29 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
'Live every moment, love every minute', 21 January 2013
Author: gradyharp from United States

Likely too many potential viewers will see this exquisite little film as just another Bucket List movie, but nothing could be further from the truth. Adapted by Director/Screenwriter Ol Parker form Jenny Downham's novel 'Before I Die', the film deals with delicate issues in a mature way and allows the emotional aspect of the film's theme to soar into that realm of films that deal with death in an honest and respectful way.

Tessa Scott (Dakota Fanning in a miraculous performance with a perfect British accent!) is diagnosed with leukemia. Despite her four-year devotion to chemotherapy she has discovered that her cancer is terminal and her doctors don't give her very long to live. Tessa with the help of her best friend Zoey (Kaya Scodelario) comes up with a list of things she wants to do before she dies, including some risky behaviors that she deems necessary to have "lived". Tessa's dad (Paddy Considine) is resistant to Tessa's behavior from the start but realizes he has little influence and can only enjoy the time they have left. Best friend Zoey is excited and supportive of the outrageous bucket list until an unplanned pregnancy test comes up positive. Tessa's parents are divorced and have very different views on her desire to experience the dangerous side of life before she passes. Her mother (Olivia Williams) simply cannot deal with the diagnosis and copes by distancing herself from Tessa's activities and is more or less absentee in her role as a mother. Her father's main mechanism for coping is denial. Tessa mentions that he spends hours on the computer looking up possible treatments for her even after the doctors have told her that the cancer has consumed her body. Tessa's little brother Cal (Edgar Canham) is a brutally honest individual that has mixed feelings ranging from lack of care to jealousy to sadness. In the beginning of the novel Cal says to his sister "I'm gonna miss you" during a joking situation. One of Tessa's last wishes is to find love, of which she thinks she has with her neighbor Adam (Jeremy Irvine whose performance here is as fine as his War Horse role). Adam is shy and his main priority is taking care of his sickly mother after their father died. But Tessa's gradually breaks through Adam's fears and the two fall in love, Adam promising to stay with Tessa until the end. The film follows her last few months of life, explores her relationships with her loved ones, and her personal feelings about being trapped in a failing body. The film is tenderly brought to a credible and touching close - everyone has grown to appreciate that 'now is good'.

Dakota Fanning rises to new heights in her sensitive portrayal and her skills are matched by inimitable performances by Paddy Considine, Olivia Williams, Jeremy Irvine, Kaya Scodelario and a superb supporting cast. This is a very beautiful film that begs to be seen and understood. Never sanguine, it is just an honest piece of life - and death.

Grady Harp

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