Boyhood (film)

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Directed by Richard Linklater
Produced by Richard Linklater
Cathleen Sutherland
Jonathan Sehring
John Sloss
Written by Richard Linklater
Starring Ellar Coltrane
Ethan Hawke
Patricia Arquette
Cinematography Lee Daniel
Shane Kelly
Editing by Sandra Adair
Distributed by
Release dates
  • January 19, 2014 (2014-01-19) (Sundance Film Festival)[2][3]
  • July 11, 2014 (2014-07-11)
Running time 164 minutes[4]
Country United States
Language English

Boyhood is a 2014 American drama film written and directed by Richard Linklater and starring Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette and Ellar Coltrane. The film was shot intermittently over a twelve year period. Filming began in the summer of 2002 in Houston, Texas and completed in October of 2013. The film premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival,[2] with a theatrical release set for later in 2014.[5] The film also competed in the main competition section of the 64th Berlin International Film Festival,[6] where Linklater won the Silver Bear for Best Director.[7]


The film tells a story of a divorced couple (Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette) trying to raise their young son (Ellar Coltrane). The story follows the boy for twelve years, from first grade at age 6 through 12th grade at age 17-18, and examines his relationship with his parents as he grows.[8][9]


  • Ethan Hawke as Dad
  • Patricia Arquette as Mom
  • Ellar Coltrane as Mason
  • Brad Hawkins as Jim
  • Lorelei Linklater as Samantha
  • Evie Thompson as Jill
  • Tyler Strother as Bully's Friend
  • Savannah Welch as College Student


In May 2002, film director and screenwriter Richard Linklater announced that he would begin shooting the then unnamed film in his home city of Austin, Texas in the summer of 2002.[8] At that time, Linklater planned to assemble the cast and crew a few weeks out of every year to shoot the story over a 12-year period, reasoning that, "I've long wanted to tell the story of a parent-child relationship that follows a boy from the first through the 12th grade and ends with him going off to college. But the dilemma is that kids change so much that it is impossible to cover that much ground. And I am totally ready to adapt the story to whatever he is going through."[8] Linklater hired the then 7-year-old Ellar Coltrane to play the boy as the centerpiece of the story.[10][11] and continued portraying the role through the film's 12-year shooting period.

Hawke said in 2013 that Boyhood is

...also known as "The Twelve Year Project"; Richard Linklater and I have made a short film every year for the last 11 years, one more to go, that follows the development of a young boy from age 6 to 18. I play the father, and it's Tolstoy-esque in scope. I thought the Before series was the most unique thing I would ever be a part of, but Rick has engaged me in something even more strange. Doing a scene with a young boy at the age of 7 when he talks about why do raccoons die, and at the age of 12 when he talks about video games, and 17 when he asks me about girls, and have it be the same actor — to watch his voice and body morph — it's a little bit like timelapse photography of a human being. ... Next year, he will graduate high school and we will finish the film. It will probably come out in two years.[12]

Awards and Nominations[edit]

Year Group Award Result
2014 64th Berlin International Film Festival Best Director Won
Prize of the Guild of German Art House Cinemas Won
Reader Jury of the Berliner Morgenpost Won
Golden Berlin Bear Nominated
2014 SXSW Film Festival Louis Black Lone Star Award Won
Special Jury Recognition Won

See also[edit]


  1. ^
  2. ^ a b Richard Linklater’s Ambitious ‘Boyhood’ Premieres at Sundance
  3. ^ Neumyer, Scott (2013-10-25). "Richard Linklater Talks Before Midnight, Boyhood, and a Possible TV Series". Parade. Retrieved 2013-11-03. 
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ Neumyer, Scott (2013-10-25). "Richard Linklater Talks Before Midnight, Boyhood, and a Possible TV Series". Parade. Retrieved 2013-11-03. 
  6. ^ "Berlinale 2014: Competition Complete". berlinale. Retrieved 2014-01-15. 
  7. ^ "The Awards Of The 64th Berlin International Film Festival". berlinale. Retrieved 2014-01-15. .
  8. ^ a b c Blackburn, Rachel. (May 16, 2002) PA News Shooting begins on film that will take 12 years.
  9. ^ MTV Movies
  10. ^ Rea, Steven. (May 19, 2002) Philadelphia Inquirer De Niro reassures a studio about a boy. Section: Features Arts & Entertainment; Page H9.
  11. ^ MTV Movies interview
  12. ^ "Ethan Hawke Says Richard Linklater's Secret, Long Developing 'Boyhood' Will Be Released In 2 Years". IndieWire. Retrieved 8 June 2013. 
  13. ^ a b "Cinéfest screening unique Thornloe University project - Sudbury Lifestyle News". 2012-09-13. Retrieved 2013-09-02. 
  14. ^ (2012-09-21). "Filmmaker gives Perspective". Sudbury Star. Retrieved 2013-09-02. 
  15. ^ "Points North | Unfinished movie debuts at Cinefest". Retrieved 2013-09-02. 
  16. ^ "Cinéfest Sudbury Announces Additional Canadian Feature Presentations". Cinefest. 2013-08-21. Retrieved 2013-09-02. 

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