After watching ‘Boyhood’, you feel like you’ve known 19-year-old Ellar Coltrane all his life. Director Richard Linklater cast him at the age of six, filming for a couple of weeks every summer for 12 years. The result is a true movie on-off, and a beautiful family drama. It follows Coltrane’s character Mason as he experiences family breakdowns, grows up and falls in and out of love. Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke play his parents, and Linklater (who directed the 'Before Sunrise' trilogy) even cast his own daughter, Lorelei, as Mason’s sister. We sat down with Linklater and Coltrane to flick through snapshots from 'Boyhood'. 'Boyhood' will be screened exclusively at GSC Mid Valley from Feb 5.
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Looking at it one way, ‘Boyhood’ is a spectacularly cheap way of saving on actors’ salaries. To capture his rambling yet absorbing Texas family drama, director Richard Linklater (‘Before Midnight’) agreed with several actors that he’d shoot a movie with them over 12 years in dribs and drabs.