Boyhood (dir. Richard Linklater)

  • July 12, 2014 · 4:30 PM
  • Gate Cinema

Tickets £8.60.

From the director of the ‘Before’ Trilogy (Sunrise, Sunset & Midnight), School of Rock, Dazed and Confused and A Scanner Darkly comes a unique work in American cinema. Linklater takes a novel approach to the question of how to cast actors to convincingly portray the transition of a life from childhood to adulthood. His solution? Cast only one actor and shoot your film over a 12 year period, making the fictionalised growing up process as real as it could possibly be.

Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette star as the parents of Mason (Ellar Coltrane), with their estranged relationship providing the context for the film’s story of one boy’s upbringing.

The film currently has a score of 8.9 out of 10 from 1,100 votes on the Internet Movie Database

'Casting any six-year-old must have been a gamble but Linklater hit the jackpot with (Ellar) Coltrane, whose subtle style suits the naturalistic dialogue perfectly. By not restricting his time shifts to a set day of the year or a specific number of months, the progress through Mason's life doesn't feel like a gimmick and the editing between each period doesn't call attention to itself. That the 164-minute runtime rarely feels sluggish or padded is also a major achievement'. Amber Wilkinson – The Daily Telegraph

'Boyhood is far and away the best film I've seen at Sundance. It's lovingly assembled and acted with such grace and ease that it scarcely looks like acting at all. Midway through the film, I found myself wondering whether I'd ever seen anything remotely resembling it before. Except that of course I have; we all have. Simply look at your own family; it's happening all over'. Xan Brooks – The Guardian

Tickets can be bought (here).

I will send out an e-mail with meeting details, to all those who have RSVPed, shortly before the event.

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  • Mike

    Very enjoyable film ! The performances were very natural and the pace was just perfect. The lack of any gratuitous sex, and violence was a bonus !!

    July 14

  • Michelle

    Really beautiful and plenty of nostalgia. Impressed with the commitment that went into this and really loved the finished work.

    July 13

  • Silvia

    excellent - it was like going down memory lane

    July 12

  • Afua

    Hi, I've got my ticket too. I'll be outside the cinema by 4.20pm. Cheers

    July 12

  • Michelle

    Just got in train, about to go in tunnel. Old Swan W8 4DP at 4, cinema at 4.20.

    July 12

  • Otilia

    Hi, same thing: I haven´t received an email with meeting details.

    July 12

  • Firas

    Same here, no email.

    July 12

  • gary o

    Hi gavin. An email please. I've checked my junk and nothing. Cheers Gary

    July 12

  • Clémentine

    Hi Gavin I just booked my ticket. Looking forward meeting you all!

    July 12

  • maria

    I am in M9 for today :)

    July 12

  • Marina

    Hi Gavin I have just joined the group. Could you please send me an email with the meeting details for today? Thank you very much!

    July 12

    • Gavin

      Hi Marina. I have sent the meeting details to you :-]

      July 12

    • Marina

      Yes I received them, I'll do my best to be there on time to meet you before the film, thanks a lot.

      July 12

  • Aimee

    Hello. I'm attending this event today. I've bought my ticket. I have not received email notification about meeting point arrangements. Please, Help! Thanks. Aimee.

    July 12

    • Gavin

      An e-mail has been sent to you Aimee :-]

      July 12

  • Gavin

    Hi. An e-mail with meeting details has been sent out. Please let me know if it hasn't arrived by early Saturday morning (but please also check your junk mail :-] )

    July 12

  • Sarah M.

    Hi everyone, just booked my ticket; seems row K is booked up by everyone else but I'm nearby in row J! Really looking to it, see you all then :-)

    July 11

  • Maria S.

    Can I buy the tickets at the venue?

    July 11

    • Gavin

      Hi Maria. Yes, you can. If you live nearby, you could do it today. If you're going to wait until just before the start of the performance, of course, there's always a risk that the show may sell out. However, current ticket availability is very good, so that seems unlikely at this stage.

      1 · July 11

    • Maria S.

      Thank you for letting me know Gavin!

      July 11

  • Karen M.

    This film has sixteen 5 star reviews - I'm hopeful!

    1 · July 11

  • Karen M.

    I've got my ticket, I'm in K5. I hope to be sitting next to some of you, otherwise I may as well go on my own!

    July 10

    • Gavin

      Looks like we have that situation surrounded :-]

      July 10

    • Una L

      I got k7. ;-)

      July 10

  • Nick

    Hi G - your numbers have gone ballistic so can I suggest Cineworld Haymarket at 4.00 pm? It is on at screen 1 (the biggest) so at least you will fit them all in. No problem if you can find somewhere else but I will go there anyway to save money as an Unlimited member.

    July 9

    • Gavin

      Hi Nick, I'm expecting the movie meet up rule of thumb to apply, so a maximum of 60% of RSVPers are actually likely show up on the day. Hopefully we won't be mistaken for a premature start to the Notting Hill Carnival :-] Sorry not to oblige the Cineworld posse on this occasion, but I felt this screening was the best value for everyone; besides, Unlimited card holders have a whole meet up group all to themselves!

      1 · July 9

  • Gavin

    Details have been updated for this event. Meeting information will be sent by e-mail on Friday evening. 5-star review in Time Out yesterday! Looking forward to it.

    July 9

  • Aimee

    Hello. Where is this MeetUp group meeting for this film? Please send info. Thanks

    July 9

    • Michelle

      As most cinemas only release their schedules today/yesterday this won't have been confirmed yet... While I'm not organizing this one it does take a little bit of time to find the best deal/venue/time but Gavin's very reliable, he'll update the info soon I'm sure.

      July 9

  • Marianne

    Saw this on Sunday and I am abroad on the 12th, so not joining you.
    But a movie worth watching!

    July 8

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