Never Let Me Go

Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield
Film director: 
Mark Romanek
Event date: 
Wed, 23/03/2011

The story of three friends who are tragically born to lead short lives, and the love triangle that forms between them in their brief time together.

After a screening at the Chapter Arts Centre in March 2011, four experts gave their responses to the film which can be right in the right-hand column here.

Articles on this film:

The Future Is Behind Us: Tissue Engineering, the State of the Art

Human ingenuity knows no bounds, if we consider even just casually the achievements of mankind and the depth of understanding we have acquired of the nature of being in this universe, it beggars the mind to comprehend. The last man who could rightfully claim ‘all knowledge as his domain’ was the polymath Athanasius Kircher who died in 1680. To cope with the avalanche of new knowledge generated since, science and technology has fragmented to such an extent that separate fields of specialised study have emerged in order to facilitate advancement.

The Relationship Between Art and the Soul

Art offers an insight into the soul; indeed, art is proof that we have souls.

How can we account for voluntary servitude? Some sociological thoughts on Never Let Me Go

When we watch Never Let Me Go, we might be left with a question hanging uncomfortably in the air. It might go something like this: Why didn’t the donors just run away instead of accepting their fate? A central theme within the film might well be that at some point we all have to turn from life and face the inevitability of our own death.

Recognising the relationships between donors and their recipients: The missing ‘others’ in Never Let Me Go

Never Let Me Go followed the lives of a group of ‘donors’ as they carried out their everyday, routine and mundane existence. Whether one thought the film dull or harrowing, it certainly prompted reflection of one’s own mortality and for me this meant thinking about my personal experience of being a recipient of a transplanted organ. From this position, my main criticism of the film was that it ignored any relationship between donor and recipient, and the value that this relationship might have for both parties.