2020 has been a frustrating year for A24 films fans with delays for Saint Maud and The Green Knight being released into cinemas. However, today sees 'Boys State', the latest film from the A24 and Apple TV partnership arrive on Apple TV around the world.
'Boys State' is a documentary film that follows a thousand teenage boys attending Boys state in Texas, coming together to build a representative government from the ground up, from all different political backgrounds, navigating challenges of organizing political parties, consensus, and campaigning for the highest office at Boys State, governor.
To mark it’s release, Lee is joined by the films directors Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine to discuss the making of this documentary that was sold to Apple TV and A24 for $10 million and has provoked exciting debates and reaction about the future of America and democracy.
Lee and Dallas review The Kill Team and joining us is critic Kelechi Ehenulo to discuss Trey Edward Shults and A24's third feature together, Waves.
'The Kill Team' is based on a true story, when Andrew Briggman—a young soldier in the US invasion of Afghanistan—witnesses other recruits killing innocent civilians under the direction of a sadistic Sergeant, he considers reporting them to higher-ups. However, the heavily-armed and increasingly-violent platoon becomes suspicious that someone in their ranks has turned on them, and Andrew begins to fear that he’ll be the next target.
'Waves' traces the journey of a suburban family - led by a well-intentioned but domineering father - as they navigate love, forgiveness, and coming together in the aftermath of a loss.
We have bonus interviews with the writer/director Trey Edward Shults and the cast Sterling K. Brown, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Renée Elise Goldsberry and Taylor Russell.
Lee is joined by actress Imani Lewis to discuss her performance as Aniyah in Bo Burnham's Eighth Grade.
Imani takes us behind the scenes on her casting and the making of Eighth Grade, her career so far and shares with us some exciting upcoming projects.
Lee and Dallas turn their attention to the second A24 feature from Robert Eggers, The Lighthouse and the first Apple/A24 movie, The Elephant Queen.
The Lighthouse stars Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe as two lighthouse keepers trying to maintain their sanity while living on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s. We're joined for interviews by Robert Eggers, Valeriia Karman who plays the mysterious mermaid, Logan Hawkes as Ephraim Winslow, and we welcome critic and podcaster, Emily Murray to share her perspective. Click here to read Emily's interview with Midsomamr and Hereditary writer/director Ari Aster
In The Elephant Queen, we follow Athena, a mother who will do everything in her power to protect her herd when they are forced to leave their waterhole. This journey, narrated by Chiwetel Ejiofor, takes us across the African savannah, and into the heart of an elephant family.
Lee is joined by musician and actor Delano Montgomery who plays Jake, an arrogant Christian who comes into conflict with Ethan Hawke's Reverend Toller at an Abundant Life youth event in Paul Schrader's First Reformed.
Dallas and Lee continue their journey through A24's 2019 filmography with reviews of The Death of Dick Long and Low Tide.
Directed by Daniel Scheinert, The Death of Dick Long takes place after the Dick's passing and Zeke and Earl don’t want anybody finding out how. That’s too bad though, cause news travels fast in small-town Alabama. We've got bonus interviews with the films stars Michael Abbott Jr, Virginia Newcomb, and Andre Hyland.
Low Tide follows Alan, Red, and Smitty who spend high summer on the Jersey Shore roving the boardwalk and getting into trouble. But the discovery of good old fashioned treasure sets the friends on an escalating course of suspicion and violence in this atmospheric thriller. We've also got a bonus interview with the films writer/director, Kevin McMullin.
Lee is joined by actor Jake Ryan to discuss his unforgettable starring role as Gabe in Bo Burnham's Eighth Grade.
Jake shares his experiences working with Wes Anderson on Moonrise Kingdom and Isle of Dogs, The Coen Brothers and recently with the Safdie Brothers on another a24 hit, Uncut Gems.
Lee and Dallas look at two A24 films that started as acclaimed short films, Skin and Share.
Skin features Jame Bell as a destitute young man, raised by racist skinheads and notorious among white supremacists, turns his back on hatred and violence to transform his life, with the help of a black activist and the woman he loves. We hear from the films Academy Award winning writer/director, Guy Nattiv who takes us behind the scenes.
After discovering a disturbing video from a night she doesn’t remember, sixteen-year-old Mandy must try to figure out what happened and how to navigate the escalating fallout in Pippa Bianco's Share.
Lee is joined by independent filmmaker Joshua Z Weinstein and the writer/director of Menashe, the story of a widower within Brooklyn’s ultra-orthodox Jewish community who battles for custody of his son.
Dallas and Lee turn their attention to two of the most popular films in the A24 filmography, Midsommar and The Farewell.
Ari Aster's Midsommar follows a couple who travel to Sweden to visit a rural hometown's fabled mid-summer festival. What begins as an idyllic retreat quickly devolves into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult. Taking us behind the scenes are Klaudia Csányi who plays Dani's sister, Terri and Rebecka Johnston who stars as Ulrika.
In The Farewell, a Chinese family discovers their grandmother has only a short while left to live and decide to keep her in the dark, scheduling a wedding to gather before she dies. The host of Missing Frames, Shawn Eastridge shares with us his interview with its writer/director Lulu Wang and Dallas is joined by film writer Katie Smith-Wong who shares her thoughts on the film.
Lee Hutchison and Dallas King tackle every single movie released by A24, one of the most groundbreaking companies distributing some of the industry's most original films. We also bring you interviews with the people behind Eighth Grade, Hereditary, The Florida Project, Under The Skin, Midsommar, The Lighthouse, The Farewell, Waves and much more.