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Neverwas was a 2005 English film written and directed by Joshua Michael Stern, starring Ian McKellen, Aaron Eckhart, Brittany Murphy and Nick Nolte.

It was first shown at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival. However, the the movie was never given a full theatrical release, eventually being released straight to DVD in 2007


Zach Riley (Aaron Eckhart) is a psychiatrist who leaves a job at a prestigious university to take up a job at the privately run mental institution, 'Millwood', belonging to Dr. Reed (William Hurt). What he doesn’t reveal at the time of his appointment is that this was the very place where his novelist father, T.L. Pierson (Nick Nolte), spent many years of his life, and later wrote a popular children’s classic, ‘Neverwas’.

Once there, he meets a schizophrenic patient, Gabriel Finch (Ian McKellen), and soon finds that more things link him to the story, to the book, and also to the recovery of the patient (who believes himself to be a character from the tale) than he ever thought. Ultimately he realises that this was the story he was meant to play a 'Hero' in.

Owing to its connection with fictional fairytale, it has often been compared with Finding Neverland (2004).


Production credits

  • Sean Hargreaves – Production Designer
  • Helen Jarvis - Art Director
  • Senator International - Worldwide Distribution Rights
  • Kingsgate Films - Production Company
  • Sidney Kimmel Entertainment - Production Company
  • Miramax Home Entertainment - Domestic Video Distributor

The film was shot in Vancouvermarker, British Columbia, Canada.


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