Richard Linklater’s Five Most Iconic Film

The director of Everybody Wants Some, in cinemas on May 13, has an illustrious history of classic films behind him. We look at his five best.

Slacker (1991)
Starring: Richard Linklater, Kim Krizan, Mark James
Like so many of Linklater’s later films, Slacker is not concerned with packing in lots of plot, but in following people and seeing what happens. It takes place on one day in the lives of a number of oddballs living in Austin, Texas. It’s about not knowing where you fit and trying to make sense of the world, something that rings through all Linklater’s subsequent films.


Dazed and Confused (1993)
Starring: Jason London, Rory Cochrane, Matthew McConaghey, Renee Zellweger and Ben Affleck
His ‘93 classic takes place in 1976 on the last day of school. Everyone wants to party but the incoming students are going to have to suffer hazing rituals first. The intertwining stories paint a portrait of a whole generation with no idea of what comes next.

Before Sunrise (1995)
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy
The premise could not be simpler. A young man meets a young woman on a train and they get talking. They spend a single night in each other’s company, discussing life, love and anything that comes to mind. It’s a gorgeous little piece about living for the moment and the first moments of love.

School of Rock (2003)
Starring: Jack Black, Joan Cusack, Mike White
Pure crowd-pleasing comedy. Jack Black plays a slacker who tricks his way into becoming a substitute teacher at a fancy prep school in order to make some money. With no actual teaching skills he uses the only thing he knows, music, to turn a group of awkward students into a rocking band with belief in themselves. Joy from start to finish.

Boyhood (2014)
Starring: Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke
The ambition of Boyhood is so immense it’s hard to believe it ever got made. Over 12 years, Linklater filmed the story of a boy as he journeyed toward adulthood. Ellar Coltrane plays the boy at every age as he watches his family break up and find new paths, while working out who he wants to be. It’s stunning and immensely moving.

Everybody Wants Some is in cinemas on May 13