Director: Christopher Nolan Cast: Jeremy Theobald, Alex Haw, Lucy Russell
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Christopher Nolan made his feature directorial debut with this 16mm black-and-white British suspense drama, shot on weekends with a $6,000 budget. Wannabe writer Bill, aka "The Young Man" (Jeremy Theobald), is "between jobs," living in impoverished circumstances with no prospects, plots, or outlines. Desperate for ideas, he begins following people in the street to "gather material," more accurately described as a venture into voyeurism. When Cobb (Alex Haw) realizes he's being followed, he confronts Bill. Cobb explains that he goes one step further -- entering people's apartments not only for theft but also to spy on private possessions. The notion of illegal intrusions excites Bill, but graduating to the next plateau beyond break-ins sets him up as a fall guy. Shown at the 1998 San Francisco Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/11/2012
UPC: 0715515099219
Original Release: 1998
Rating: R
Source: Criterion
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W, Full Frame]
Time: 1:10:00
Sales rank: 6,989

Special Features

New, restored digital transfer, supervised by director Christopher Nolan; New 5.1 surround mix by rerecording mixer Gary Rizzo; Audio commentary by Nolan; New interview with Nolan; Chronological edit of the film; Side-by-side comparison of the shooting script with three scenes from the film; Doodlebug (1997), a three-minute film by Nolan, starring Following's Jeremy Theobald; Trailers; PLUS: an essay by film critic and programmer Scott Foundas

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jeremy Theobald The Young Man
Alex Haw Cobb
Lucy Russell The Blonde
John Nolan The Policeman
Jennifer Angel Actor

Technical Credits
Christopher Nolan Director,Cinematographer,Editor,Producer,Screenwriter
Peter Broderick Executive Producer
Ivan Cornell Sound/Sound Designer
Gareth Heal Editor
David Julyan Score Composer,Sound/Sound Designer
David Lloyd Sound/Sound Designer
Tristan Martin Art Director
Jeremy Theobald Producer
Emma Thomas Producer
James Wheeler Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Following
1. "The Following is My Explanation" [17:00]
2. "Can I Buy You a Drink?" [4:35]
3. Getting Protection [1:04]
4. "He's a Sad Fucker with No Social Life" [2:33]
5. "They Rifled Through My Underwear" [3:32]
6. The Club [:57]
7. A Model's Apartment [5:20]
8. "He Made a Mess on My Carpet" [2:55]
9. The Safe [2:57]
10. "I've Thought It All Through" [8:01]
11. The Money [1:56]
12. "He's Our Man" [8:25]
13. "That's It, Unless You've Got Any Questions" [10:39]
1. Color Bars [:20]

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Following 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For a directorial debut shot on 16mm, shot on weekends, and shot for around $6000, this is a great film! Future filmmakers and students should take notes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Too flawed. Bad cinematography, especially in black/white format. The plot was silly also. I liked Alex Haw, the actor who played Cobb. He is a promising actor. I believe this is the only role he has done. I wonder why. Small film, inexpensive budget, no problem. I want to compare this film to Pulp Fiction as regards to use of flashbacks. They flashback sequences were done poorly. I do not see any emphasis on each flashbacks, meanings were too superficial to understand. I keep going ''Yeah he did; yeah thats what happened; so what? what is the point?'' In the end, somewhat chilling conclusion which was okay. Not much of a substance in the film overall. Some style but too flat. It wouldn't have been a difference if the story was told outright without the use of flashbacks. Big hole in this film...I see that the mob boss played a role in this film in a indirect way. How come the mob boss was not much of a factor after the robbery of his safe? That bothered me a little throughout the last part of the film. Overall, it is a weak film. I don't have a problem for a recommendation for you to take a look at it.