Almost Famous: “Following”

A little-known movie from the same director as “Memento.”

Title: “Following

Tagline: You’re never alone.

Category: Dark British crime-drama.


In Christopher Nolan‘s “Following,” he takes us into the life of a British writer with a unique method of research. To gather information on characters in his stories, this writer follows random London citizens. He finds out where they work, where they live, what they like to eat, and who their friends are.

This relatively harmless hobby takes a drastic turn toward insanity once he follows a mysterious man named Cobb and is caught. Cobb introduces the writer into a whole new world of voyeurism: breaking and entering. Here, the writer gets a more intimate view of strangers’ lives by perusing through their belongings. This newfound activity becomes an obsession that leads the writer to murder and deception.

Major Characters:

The Writer (Jeremy Theobald): The main character of this movie is a writer and a big pussy. He follows people around the city and then breaks into people’s homes to get a feel of how they live and what they do. You really just feel sorry for the loser.

Cobb (Alex Haw): A skilled burglar who always dresses sharp. This guy is pretty cool at being an asshole. He plays a dominant role in the Writer-Cobb relationship as a mentor in the world of crime.

The Blonde (Lucy Russell): A beauty who is robbed by the writer and Cobb. The writer falls for her and is willing to do anything for her, but you have to ask yourself, what the hell is she up to?

Memorable Movie Quote:

Sorry, none in this movie! Just straight-up dramatic shit!

Why You’ll Like This Movie:

  • Black & white movies are always cool.
  • The shaky camera movements and grainy texture of the picture makes the story feel a lot grittier and realistic, similar to the look portrayed in Darren Aronofsky’s “Pi.”
  • The chopped-up storyline makes the audience pay attention. Excellent storytelling by Christopher Nolan, writer and director of “Memento.”

Final Thought:

I was strolling through the New Releases section of the local Blockbuster and I stopped once I took a glance at “Following.” Right there in clear, bold letters was the phrase DIRECTOR OF MEMENTO and I shouted “Holy schnikies!”

I ignored the strange looks from the other customers and quickly picked up this little jewel. After watching it, I was quite impressed. It was short, well-written, well-directed, and devoid of any annoying, overpaid, overrated, mainstream actors. If you’re ready for a movie that’s different and interesting, I suggest you pick up a copy of “Following.”

Article © 2002 by Rob Roan