Boyhood Featurette on the Film’s 12 Year Production


“One story, made up of a lot of little pieces,” says writer-director Richard Linklater of his ambitious coming-of-age drama Boyhood. Director and cast, which includes Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette, talk about what it was like working on a project over 12 years. To tell the story of one boy’s growth from toddler to young adult, Linklater decided to film one boy (Ellar Coltrane) and his fictional family once a year for 12 years, providing a unique experience that works beautifully. We saw this at the recent Sydney Film Festival and absolutely loved it (you can find our review HERE).

Oh, by the way, that wonderful song playing in the background of the featurette is “Hero,” by Family of the Year. It’s from their second album, “Loma Vista.” You can see the music video HERE.

Official synopsis for Boyhood:

Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklater’s BOYHOOD is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (a breakthrough performance by Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. Starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as Mason’s parents and newcomer Lorelei Linklater as his sister Samantha, BOYHOOD charts the rocky terrain of childhood like no other film has before. Snapshots of adolescence from road trips and family dinners to birthdays and graduations and all the moments in between become transcendent, set to a soundtrack spanning the years from Coldplay’s Yellow to Arcade Fire’s Deep Blue. BOYHOOD is both a nostalgic time capsule of the recent past and an ode to growing up and parenting. It’s impossible to watch Mason and his family without thinking about our own journey.

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ETA: UK – 11 July, 2014. USA (limited) – 11 July, 2014. USA (wide) – 18 July, 2014.