Richard Linklater

Biography

Richard Linklater is a self taught writer-director. (Born July 30, 1960 in Houston, Texas).
Richard was among the first and most successful talents to emerge during the American independent film renaissance of the 1990s.Known for realistic and natural humanist films which revolve mainly around suburban culture and the effects of the passage of time and focused on detailing and some of his work explore “the youth rebellion continuum,” with rare compassion and understanding while definitively capturing the 20-something culture of his era through a series of nuanced, illuminating ensemble pieces which introduced any number of talented young actors into the Hollywood firmament.

His notable films of his include the observational comedy film Slacker (1990); the coming-of-age comedy Dazed and Confused (1993); the romantic drama film trilogy Before Sunrise (1995), Before Sunset (2004), and Before Midnight (2013); the music-themed comedy School of Rock (2003); and the rotoscope animated Waking Life (2001) and A Scanner Darkly (2006). He is also known for loyalty to his actors, having worked with Ethan Hawke and Matthew McConaughey in many of his films.

In 2002 he began filming Boyhood (2014), a passion project which took over twelve years to finish. The film was premiered in 2014 to critical acclaim. Linklater won the Golden Globe, Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, and BAFTAs for Best Director and Best Picture. He also received his first nomination for the Academy Award for Best Director, along with nominations for Original Screenplay and Picture. In 2015, Time magazine named Linklater one of the 100 most influential people in the world on the annual Time 100 list.

Rewinding Linklater’s past and struggle as a film-maker is as existing the life can take. Being suspended his educational career at Sam Houston State University in 1982, to work on an offshore oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. He subsequently relocated to the state’s capital of Austin, where he founded a film society and began work on his debut film, 1987’s It’s Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books (1988). Three years later he released the sprawling Slacker (1991), an insightful, virtually plotless look at 1990s youth culture that became a favorite on the festival circuit prior to earning vast acclaim at Sundance in 1991. Upon its commercial release, the movie, made for less than $23,000, became the subject of considerable mainstream media attention, with the term “slacker” becoming a much-overused catch-all tag employed to affix a name and identity to America’s disaffected youth culture.

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