ByJohn Hopper, writer at
I am an Aussie Filmmaker who has a passion for telling stories that make people question their own selves.
John Hopper

21 years of film making is something special. I mean 21. For this case, 21 years is not about Hollywood blockbusters or Hollywood explosions. Don’t get me wrong, those movies are good...but I am talking about films that make you want to be a filmmaker. Films that are all about the magic of film. Telling a story. Placing reality onto the big screen.

So is the case for Richard Linklater. For 21 years this director has changed the movie industry with unique stories that have made people want to direct, act and write a story. Linklater has now risen to become one of the most famous and fantastic independent film directors of our time.

Ellar Coltrane (Mason) in Boyhood
Ellar Coltrane (Mason) in Boyhood

21 Years: Richard Linklater is a brilliant documentary that looks back at the work of the director through the eyes of actors, producers and screenwriters. This film takes you on a journey of discovery and gives you hope for what films can achieve and will achieve in the future.

This documentary is not something that you can watch or understand by reading a review like this. This documentary is just like Richard Linklater’s work - it takes you on a journey as you go back through films such as Dazed and Confused, Bad News Bears, The Before Trilogy and School of Rock. These are films that people have grown to love and have discovered through Linklater’s unique film making.

Matthew McConaughey in Dazed and Confused
Matthew McConaughey in Dazed and Confused

The interviews of screen legends such as Matthew McConaughey, Jack Black, and Ethan Hawke are raw and rare as they describe and credit the director who brought them into the limelight. Along with this, you will appreciate what Richard Linklater has done and by the end of it, I guarantee you will become a fan - if you’re not one already.

All in all, 21 Years: Richard Linklater explores the mind and talent behind the man who has revolutionized independent filmmaking forever. Through his unique take on life and storytelling, Richard has shown us what true filmmaking is all about and that, my friends, is what it is all about.

“The most unique property of cinema is how it lets you mold time, whether it’s over a long or very brief period.” – Richard Linklater

Spotlight on Michael Dunaway (Director of 21 Years: Richard Linklater) here

Make sure to catch the film '21 Years: Richard Linklater' in theaters and video on demand this Friday, November 7th!


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