Richard Linklater’s Long Awaited ‘Boyhood’ Starring Ethan Hawke to Premiere at Sundance Film Festival
There are long-gestating films that take forever to make due to complications and circumstance. Then there’s the rare one that takes years by design.
Richard Linklater has been making Boyhood since 2002. The film isn’t delayed or in trouble or anything like that. Boyhood is designed to chronicle the growth of a boy from age 6 to his last year of high school at 17 or 18. Ellar Salmon plays the boy through the entire film, because Linklater has shot the movie essentially in sequence, creating new scenes each year since ’02 as Salmon grew.
Ethan Hawke plays the boy’s stepfather and Patricia Arquette his mother. There are similar projects to this one — Paul Almond and Michael Apted’s Up series qualifies — but no dramatic narrative quite like Boyhood. We’ve known about the film for a long time but didn’t know when we’d be able to see it.
The actor told The Huffington Post the film is “the most truly original, revolutionary thing I’ve ever been a part of”.
My documentary ‘Fear No Art’ has been shot over the last 23 years for a similar reason … My desire as a filmmaker to explore life and relationships over a period of time.
Up series – a series of documentary films that have followed the lives of fourteen British children since 1964, when they were seven years old.
Antoine Doinel – French filmmaker François Truffaut followed the fictional life of Antoine Doinel (played by Jean-Pierre Léaud) for over 20 years.