Now Is Good

Synopsis: A girl dying of leukemia compiles a list of things she'd like to do before passing away. Topping the list is her desire to lose her virginity.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Ol Parker
Production: Sony Pictures
  4 wins & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
103 min


This is one.

This right here, right now,

is definitely a moment.


Anything could happen next.

- Tessa?

- What?

- You're not listening to me.

- I am listening to you.

- What did I just say?

- I wasn't listening to you.

I'm saying this is a big night for you.

- Number one on the list.

- There is no list.

- You were gonna make a list.

- I haven't started.

Then start now. Go on.

Right. So, which one do you want?

Because I really don't mind.

- The blond one.

- The blond one? You're sure?

- You want him?

- Like I said, I don't mind. Just...

- You can have the blond one.

- Only if you're sure.

- Zo...

- What, babe?

If I do this with someone I don't know,

does that make me a slag?

It makes you alive.

So, that club, are you guys regulars there?

No. You?

- Sometimes, you know.

- Right.

Is there anywhere else we can go?

Do you want a cup of tea? Or coffee?

Sure, yeah. Either.

- We haven't actually got any coffee.

- Okay.

- I can't find the tea.

- Water's fine.

So, what's your favorite...

- Do you want to kiss me?

- God, yeah.

- Jesus Christ!

- It's okay.

- Jesus bloody Christ!

- It's fine.

What happened?

This girl's head...

Her head came off in my hand!

What are you laughing at? It's not funny.

Scared the piss out of me.

So, do you often go out in disguise?

The hair hat and all.

I got given it. I was ill.

- Are you better now?

- All better.

Aren't we supposed to do that

for a bit longer?

I'm ready now.

Wait, wait. Can you just look at me

for one second?

This is my first time.

Wow. That's amazing.

- Obviously it's not yours.

- Stop talking now.

- Yeah, not like this.

- What?

Sorry. Not gonna happen.

You're shitting me. You come this far, and...

I'm sorry. Really.




- Thanks.

- Thank you.

I don't understand it. I just don't get it.

- You always tell me everything.

- I never tell you anything.

Why don't you start now?

What were you doing last night?

Keep asking, Dad.

The 15th time is the charm.

Hi, I'm Caroline, Richard's producer.

We spoke on the phone.

Hi. Good to meet you in person.

- And this must be Tessa.

- That's me!

The lift's not working.

Can she manage the stairs?

- Yeah, she'll be fine.

- Okay.

Tessa Scott and her father.

- Hi, guys. Take a seat.

- Hello.

- Really pleased to be here.

- Yeah, we're big fans.

Great. We'll just have a little chat.

Be as natural as you can

and I'll help you through. Okay?

So, what's your angle going to be?

Is it the whole dying girl thing,

or do you have something original planned?



I know it's heavy stuff,

but let's try to keep it upbeat. Yeah?

And now I'm delighted

to have as my guest in the studio

a very brave young lady indeed, Tessa Scott.

Tessa's been living with leukemia

for the past four years,

and she's here with her dad to talk about it.

Tell us, when did you realize

that Tessa was first ill?

Four years ago.

She had, well, we thought it was the flu,

Tessa's mum and l.

But the flu just wouldn't clear up.

The blood test confirmed our worst fears.

The doctors told us they couldn't

hold out any hope for her survival,

which brought us to the point where

Tessa felt like she had no choice

but to end her chemotherapy entirely.

Tessa, you chose to give up the treatment.

That's a big decision for a 17-year-old.

If I may...

The more aggressive treatments,

they would have only slightly

prolonged Tessa's life.

There are other ways to maintain her health.

- Dad...

- For example, studies have shown

that good nutrition can

rebalance a system entirely.

That's why we're here really,

to raise awareness, and...

- Dad...

- What?

He's gonna have to stop sometime.

Stop what, Tessa?

He knows it's gonna happen.

But he can't stop hoping that it won't.

It's true that if I kept going with the chemo,

I'd probably live a bit longer.

But it made me feel so bad.

And there are things I want to do before I die.


Yeah. I've got a list.

Oh. Your dad didn't mention that.

That's 'cause he doesn't know about it.

Most of what's on it is illegal.

I'm almost scared to ask.

Well, I nearly had sex last night,

which isn't actually technically

against the law of course,

but it was so crap

the guy should be arrested anyway.

Okay, I think that's all we've got time for.

Next I'm planning to take drugs.

Do you have any advice which ones?

That's enough, Tessa.

Very amusing.

Sex and drugs and rock 'n' roll.

Ladies and gents, I think you'll agree

there is a young lady taking life by the horns.

Thank you very much, Tessa and her dad.

Thank you.

And now the weather. Squally this morning,

rounding up this afternoon

and clearing for the rest of the week.

- She's out.

- No.

- Dad...

- Wait.

- Bad night?

- There's no such thing.

- Hello, darlings. Come on in.

- Hi, Mum.

- You look stressed.

- Blame her.

Back at 4:

It's a new trick, Mum.

I can make a coin disappear.

- Do you want to see it?

- No, darling. Not before coffee.

Nothing before the coffee. Show your sister.

She's never interested. She doesn't care.

I'm sure she does.

I really don't.

Why don't you go

and watch CBeebies or something?

Because I'm nine.

I heard you on the radio.

You met a boy.

Tessa, promise me

you'll always use a condom.

I know the smell of rubber can be off-putting,

but, then, so is gonorrhea.

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Jenny Downham

Jenny Downham (born 1964) is a British novelist and an ex-actress. She has published three books. The first, Before I Die, is the fictional account of the last few months of a sixteen-year-old girl who has been dying of leukaemia for four years. The book is told in the first person. The book was short listed for the 2007 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize and the 2008 Lancashire Children's Book of the Year, nominated for the 2008 Carnegie Medal and the 2008 Booktrust Teenage Prize, and won the 2008 Branford Boase Award.As the book goes on, Tessa's thoughts are used to explore the nature of life. Downham's second novel, You Against Me, was published in December 2010. The book is powerful novel about family, loyalty, and the choices which we have to make. Her third novel, Unbecoming, published in 2015, is a story of three generations of women and the uncovering of family secrets. In 1998, Downham played Anna, the Ralph's Wife in Basil.Now Is Good is a 2012 film based on Downham's novel Before I Die, and stars Dakota Fanning and Jeremy Irvine more…

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