The UK Premiere of Now is Good took place on September 13 and was held at The Curzon Mayfair. The film’s stars, Dakota Fanning (Twilight), Jeremy Irvine (War Horse), Olivia Williams (Dollhouse) and Kaya Scodelario (Skins UK) attended the event.
Director Ol Parker adapted Now is Good from the novel, Before I Die by Jenny Downham. Fanning is 17-year-old Tessa who suffers from a terminal illness and is determined to experience every passionate moment of life doing the things any normal teenager would experience before she dies. She compiles a list and sets events in motion with the help of her friend, Zoey (Kaya Scodelario). She meets and falls in love with her new neighbor Adam (Jeremy Irvine) and enlist him in helping her lose her virginity. Her father played by Paddy Considine (In America) and her mother played by Olivia Williams must deal with their fear and grief over Tessa in their own way.
Now is Good follows in the vein of other movies that dealt with teen romance and terminal illness. There was last year’s Restless directed by Gus Van Sant that featured Mia Wasikowska as the brave young woman dealing with her illness; determined to live her life to the fullest. Newcomer Henry Hopper was the unlikely love interest by her side until the end. Nicholas Sparks’ A Walk to Remember was adapted in 2002 by Adam Shankman and starred Mandy Moore and Shane West as the doomed young couple.
Now is Good will be in theaters September 19.
Watch trailer at Phillycinephile.