Never Let Me Go + Q and A

Novelist Kazuo Ishiguro talks to journalist David Gritten about the process of adapting Never Let Me Go from book to screen following a preview at BFI Southbank. Ishiguro reveals that like Remains of the Day (1993 Dir James Ivory), he has learnt more about the characters he created through observing the actors. He states that the book versions of Ruth, Kathy and Tommy are not interfered with by their 'screen cousins', but instead are deepened and developed by the performances of Keira Knightly, Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield to inform a different interpretation of the story. Crucially, together with director Mark Romanek and writer Alex Garland, Ishiguro wanted Never Let Me Go to explore the reality of humans trying to accept whatever their place is in the world with dignity, rather than basing the story on a the more common trope of physical or moral escape.


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