Boyhood - Ellar Coltrane
Boyhood - Mason (Ellar Coltrane) ©2014 IFC Film

Rather than a conventional screenplay, for Boyhood Director Richard Linklater started with something more akin to a structural blueprint and, with that, was able to win the long-term support of IFC Films, who stuck steadfastly with the project over the ensuing decade-plus production.

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Boyhood – Official Information

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.

Boyhood – Theatrical release dates

UK: July 11, 2014
US and Canada: July 18, 2014


Colin Davies

The editor of Film Review Online