Tonight was the opening night of the 54th BFI London Film Festival. Mark Romanek and Alex Garland’s ‘Never Let me Go’ (based on the novel by Kazuo Ishiguro) was chosen as the opening night’s feature and received rave reviews from critics and audience members alike.
The plot follows three friends in a dystopian Britain where selected humans are being cloned to become organ donors. Their school, Hailsham, is a seemingly idyllic English boarding school but it has a terrifying secret; their pupils are bred as these donors, sheltered from reality. As they leave Hailsham, they are torn between their feelings of love, lust, betrayal and anger and their true destiny as beings. Told through the eyes of Kathy (Mulligan), her reminiscing mind tells of their days at Hailsham and she starts to rely on those happier times as she has to confront the harsh truth of the present.
Starring Keira Knightley, Andrew Garfield and Carey Mulligan, this looks to be a definite watch when it comes to UK cinemas on general release.
Release has now been changed to 11th February 2011.