The Giver..cert 12
Sci-fi drama directed by Phillip Noyce and starring Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep and Brenton Thwaites. Set in a seemingly utopian future where all war, emotion and personal freedom have been eradicated, the film follows Jonas (Thwaites), a young man who is chosen to be the recipient of the community’s collective memories. As he learns the details of the community’s history from The Giver (Bridges), he grows frustrated with the power those in charge hold over his fellow citizens and the terrible price they have been forced to pay in exchange for conformity and peace…
William Cassidy (Julian Richings) lives a secluded life blogging on the subject of extraterrestrials, who he claims to have had contact with over the course of the last 40 years. On the night of a solar storm, William invites paranormal researcher Joe Sullivan (Adam Seybold) to join him in witnessing the historic event at his home. As the guest interviews William on camera about his previous interaction with alien life forms, the solar flare occurs causing an unidentified craft to fall out of the sky and into the woods behind William’s house. The next thing he knows, he is being captured by a mysterious group who will seemingly go to any lengths necessary to unearth the truth about the suspected alien activity, starting with letting Dr Tobin (Lisa Houle) interrogate their imprisoned witness and viewing his footage of the event.
Boyhood is a ground breaking cinematic experience following the life of a family. At the centre is Mason (Ellar Coltrane), who with his sister Samantha, is taken on an emotional and transcendent journey through the years, from childhood to adulthood Raised by a divorced couple (Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette ).
The story follows the boy for twelve years, from first grade at age 6 through 12th grade at age 17-18, and examines his relationship with his parents and those around him as he grows.
The film was shot intermittently over a 12-year period from May 2002 to October 2013, showing the growth of a young boy and his older sister to adulthood.
The film was nominated for five Golden Globe Awards, winning for Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actress for Arquette. It also received six Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture,Best Director, and acting nominations for Arquette and Hawke.