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The Making Of: Boyhood

Boyhood , Richard Linklater’s 12-years-in-the-making coming-of-age drama follows Mason (Ellar Coltrane), as he faces the trials and tribulations of growing up.

The film also stars Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as Mason’s parents, with Linklater’s daughter Lorelei also in for the long-haul.

Starting work on the project when he was aged just six, Coltrane grows up on-screen, with mesmerising results. Unlike anything that’s been seen before, it’s one of those rare cinema experiences that feels like a genuine landmark.

Given the time that they’ve invested in the project, we were naturally keen to speak to Linklater and Coltrane about the making of such an intimate epic.

Find out what they had to say about the film – and whether they’d be up for doing it all again – in the video below:

Boyhood opens in the UK on 11 July 2014.

For more from Coltrane, pick up issue 222 of Total Film magazine (opens in new tab) available in print or on your tablet .

Matt Maytum
Deputy Editor, Total Film

I'm the Deputy Editor at Total Film magazine, looking after the long-form features there, and generally obsessing over all things Nolan, Kubrick and Pixar. Over the past decade I've worked in various roles for TF online and in print, including at GamesRadar+, and you can often hear me nattering on the Inside Total Film podcast. Bucket-list-ticking career highlights have included reporting from the set of Tenet and Avengers: Infinity War, as well as covering Comic-Con, TIFF and the Sundance Film Festival.